M.V. Lee Badgett



102 Gordon Hall


(413) 545-3162

M. V. Lee Badgett is Professor of Economics and served as director of the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration (now the School of Public Policy) from 2007-2016. She is also a distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Her most recent book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, addresses the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S. She drew on that work in her recent testimony in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial challenging California’s Proposition 8. She recently directed a successful four-year project funded by the Ford Foundation to encourage more and better data collection on sexual orientation. Other publications include Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men and the co-edited Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An International Perspective

Research interests: 

labor economics; employment discrimination; economics of sexual orientation; same-sex marriage


Ph.D. in Economics: University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Courses taught: 

PubPA 605: Microeconomics for Public Policy and Administration; PubPA 608: Statistics for Public Policy and Administration; PubPA 697A: Political Economy of Public Policy


Economics of sexual orientation and same-sex marriage; labor economics; employment discrimination