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Williams Institute: LGB inclusive nations enjoy higher GDP per capita than previously thought
2019-04-12

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AMHERST, Mass. — A new study published by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Leiden University, Netherlands and Rutgers University has found that nations offering more rights to lesbian, gay and bisexual people enjoy significantly higher per capita GDP than those who trail in LGB equality, and that nations fostering exclusion of LGB people are causing substantial harms to their economies. The report, "The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development: Macro-Level Evidence," appears online in the journal World Development.

The researchers applied legal and economic data for 132 countries from 1966-2011 to the eight-point Global Index on Legal Recognition of Homosexual Orientation ( GILRHO ) to assess how economic harms caused by limitations of LGB rights — such as lost labor time, lost productivity, underinvestment in human capital and the inefficient allocation of human resources — are related to the macroeconomy. The GILRHO index, created by Dutch law professor and study co-author Kees Waaldijk of Leiden University, covers eight categories of legal recognition and protection for lesbians and gay men, assigning each right with one point. They found that the addition of just one additional point on the GILRHO scale is associated with an increase in real GDP per capita of $2,065, and that estimates of the cost of exclusion suggest that 6-22 percent of this sum "could plausibly reflect the GDP costs of excluding LGB individuals from a full range of legal rights."

"All over the world LGBT people face discrimination in the labor market, harassment and bullying in education and stresses that harm their health. This treatment diminishes their ability to contribute to the economy most when countries fail to recognize their rights," says lead author M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and public policy at UMass Amherst and distinguished scholar at the UCLA Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

"Human rights already provide strong arguments for full LGBT equality, and over the last few decades they have contributed to increasing legal recognition in many countries," says Waalijk. "The economic argument for equality, based on the economic effect of LGB inclusion as tested in this study, can widen and deepen the global legal trends captured in the GILRHO index."

The study's findings are more than six times higher than previous estimates; in 2014, the researchers released a study based on a more limited sample of emerging economies that found only a $320 increase in per capita GDP per GILRHO point.

"Many people, including policymakers, may turn a blind eye to the moral argument against discrimination against LGBT individuals. But if the economy is brought up, they are more likely to use money rather than morals to justify reforming policies to protect LGBT rights," says co-author Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University. "Policymakers want to see the numbers, so here are the numbers that show the economic effect. Here's evidence they can use to support change."

The study notes that the empirical analysis uses legal rights of LGB people to represent LGBT inclusion. "Unfortunately we do not have multi-year data on the actual social position of LGBT people across the world, nor do we have a multi-year dataset on the legal rights of transgender people in many countries," the researchers clarify. "Accordingly, we remove the 'T' from LGBT to acknowledge our shift in focus to LGB rights."

The full study, "The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development: Macro-Level Evidence," can be found here.

—From a press release

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research with real-world relevance.


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