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M.V. Lee Badgett, Economics, and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, writes columns in The Atlantic and Time magazines making the economic case for supporting the rights of LGBT people around the world. Badgett argues that discriminatory policies have a measurable cost that harms countries and societies. Badgett writes: "Economic reasoning is part of what propelled the modern women’s empowerment movement. And now, it’s informing an emerging argument for LGBT inclusion: Unequal treatment of LGBT people, as it turns out, can cause economic harm, leading to lower economic output for individuals, businesses, and even countries. And on the flip side, inclusive policies can boost a country’s GDP. This argument is taking shape as treatment for LGBT people is deteriorating or stagnating in many places around the world." 
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Upcoming Events

Friday, January 2, 2015 - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) 2015 Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 6:00 pm
UMASS Amherst Department of Economics
Cocktail Reception

Sheraton Boston Hotel
Room Beacon H
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00pm
UMASS Alumni Networking Opportunity
Boston-area Student/Alumni Networking Night
City Year Boston Headquarters,
287 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
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There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

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