Lee Badgett

Portrait of Lee Badgett
319 Crotty Hall



Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
B.A., Economics, University of Chicago, 1982

Professional Experience: 

Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Director, Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research Director, Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests: 

Labor Economics, Economics of Sexual Orientation

Selected Publications: 

The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World, NYU Press, 2016.
When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, New York University Press,
2009. Distinguished Book Award, American Psychological Assoc., Division 44, 2010; Korean translation published, Minumsa, 2016.

When Gay People Get Married, NYU Press, 2009

Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men, University of Chicago Press, 2001


Journal Articles

Alyssa Schneebaum and M. V. Lee Badgett, “Poverty in Lesbian and Gay Couple Households,” 2017, accepted, Feminist
Badgett, M. V. Lee, and Philip Crehan (2017), “Developing Actionable Research Priorities for LGBTI Inclusion,” Journal of
Research in Gender Studies 7(1): 218–247.
“Same-Sex Legal Marriage and Psychological Well-Being: Findings From the California Health Interview Survey,” Richard
G. Wight, Allen J. LeBlanc, and M. V. Lee Badgett, American Journal of Public Health, February 2013, Vol. 103, No. 2, 339-346.
“Separated and Not Equal: Binational Same-Sex Couples,” Signs, Vol. 36, No. 4, Summer 2011, 793-798.
“Social Inclusion and the Value of Marriage Equality in Massachusetts and the Netherlands,” Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 67,
No. 2, 2011, pp. 316-334.
“The Economic Value of Marriage for Same-sex Couples,” Drake Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2010, pp 1081-1116.
“Bias in the Workplace: Consistent Evidence of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination 1998-2008,” M.V. Lee
Badgett, Brad Sears, Holning Lau, and Deborah Ho. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 2, 2009.
“The Double-Edged Sword in Gay Economic Life: Marriage and the Market.” Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights
and Social Justice, Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall 2008, pp. 109-128.
“Registered Domestic Partnerships Among Gay Men and Lesbians: The Role of Economic Factors,” M. V. Lee Badgett, Gary
J. Gates, and Natalya Maisel, Review of Economics of the Household, December 2008.
“The Impact on Maryland’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry,” M. V. Lee Badgett, Amanda K. Baumle, Shawn
Kravich, Adam P. Romero, R. Bradley Sears, University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, Vol.
7, No. 2, 2007, pp. 295-339.
“Supporting Families, Saving Funds: An Economic Analysis of Equality for Same-sex Couples in New Jersey,” Rutgers
Journal of Law & Public Policy, by M. V. Lee Badgett, R. Bradley Sears, and Deborah Ho, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2006.
“Separate and Unequal: The Effect of Unequal Access to Employment-Based Health Insurance on Same-sex and Unmarried
Different-Sex Couples,” Michael Ash and M. V. Lee Badgett, Contemporary Economic Policy, October 2006, Vol. 24, no. 4,
pp 582-599.
“Predicting Partnership Rights: Applying the European Experience to the United States,” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism,
Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2005, 71-88.
“Putting a Price on Equality? The Impact of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry on California’s Budget,” coauthored
with R. Bradley Sears, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2005, pp. 197-232. Winner of 2005
Dukeminier Award for Best Sexual Orientation Law Review Articles, reprinted in The Dukeminier Award Journal,
Vol. 5, 2006.
“Now That We Do: Same-Sex couples and Marriage in Massachusetts,” with Randy Albelda and Michael Ash,
Massachusetts Benchmarks, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2005, 17-24.
“Asking the Right Questions: Making the Case for Sexual Orientation Data,” 2004 Proceedings of the American
Statistical Association, Statistical Computing Section [CD-ROM], Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.
“Will Providing Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage?” Sexuality Research and
Social Policy: Journal of NSRC, Vol. 1, No. 3, September 2004, pp. 1-10.
"Job Gendering: Occupational Choice and the Marriage Market," M. V. Lee Badgett and Nancy Folbre, Industrial
Relations, April, 42(2), 2003, 270-298.
"Wedding Bell Blues: The Income Tax Consequences of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage," James Alm, M. V. Lee
Badgett, and Leslie A. Whittington, National Tax Journal, Vol. LIII, No. 2, June 2000, pp. 201-214.
"Assigning Care," co-authored with Nancy Folbre, International Labour Review, Vol. 138, No. 3, 1999, pp. 311-326.
"Introduction: Towards Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Perspectives in Economics: Why and How They May Make a
Difference," Prue Hyman and M. V. Lee Badgett, introduction to special section of Feminist Economics, co-edited by
Badgett and Hyman, Vol. 4, No. 2, Summer 1998, pp. 49-54.