Lee Badgett


M. V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and former director of the School of Public Policy. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute, where she was a co-founder and the first research director. She has served two terms on the IAFFE board, has been a member of many IAFFE committees, and is a past associate editor and editorial board member of Feminist Economics. Her research focuses on the economic cost of homophobia and transphobia, economic empowerment of LGBTI people, and LGBTI economic inequality (including wage gaps, employment discrimination, and poverty). In the U.S., her work as a “public professor” includes analyzing public policies, testifying as an expert witness, consulting with regulatory bodies, briefing policymakers, public speaking, and writing op-ed pieces. She has served on two panels at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and she cochairs one American Economic Association committee and sits on another. Globally, Prof. Badgett has been a consultant, advisor, or keynote speaker on LGBTI issues for the World Bank, Open For Business, UNDP, USAID, IDB, ADB, U.S. State Department, OECD, global businesses, and LGBTI organizations. Her latest book is The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All (Beacon Press, 2020). She is now working on the LGBTI Livelihoods Project, studying projects designed to improve the livelihoods of LGBTI people. 

Vision/Priorities for IAFFE -- I see IAFFE as a hub of the movement to change economics. IAFFE’s members produce economic thinking that is responsive to a range of feminist perspectives, policy goals, and stakeholders, and is rooted in a broad view of gender, equity, and well-being. My priorities as president would be, first, to support the exciting directions taken over the last few years to include new voices in IAFFE and to nurture the next generation of feminist economists. Second, I think we need to assess the availability of an education in feminist economics to students and activists around the world to assure a future pipeline of feminist economists. Finally, feminist economics is a valued home for some of us studying LGBTI issues, and I would like to use some emerging opportunities to deepen the topic’s roots in IAFFE.

July 2022.