M.V. Lee Badgett, former CRF Family Research Scholar, will present the next Commonwealth Honors College Faculty Lecture Series with her talk, "Coming Out for Change" on Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.
Badgett, professor of Economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, studies family policy issues and labor market discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, and gender. She is the co-founder and research director of the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies, a national think tank on policy issues related to sexual orientation. Currently she serves as the Research Director at the UCLA Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. In this role, Badgett has produced several reports estimating the economic benefit of marriage equality in the United States and globally.
As a Family Research Scholar in 2004-05, Badgett took a new angle on the study of marriage, particularly the impact of legal marriage on couples' health and economic well-being, by investigating marriage for same-sex couples. By comparing same-sex couples who marry in Massachusetts to same-sex couples in Massachusetts and elsewhere who do not or cannot marry, causal inferences about a variety of outcomes related to marriage can be made.
For more information on Badgett’s work and her lecture please visit: http://www.umass.edu/loop/people/articles/148345.php.