Sexual Orientation Discrimination : An International Perspective book cover
1st Edition

Sexual Orientation Discrimination
An International Perspective

Edited By

Lee Badgett


Jeff Frank

ISBN 9780415770248
Published April 10, 2007 by Routledge
344 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Having recently authored one of the most significant books, Money, Myths and Change, in this exciting area of economics, Lee Badgett has now teamed up with Jeff Frank and a collection of international contributors to provide an analysis of sexual orientation discrimination on an international scale.

Discrimination based on sexual orientation continues to fuel collective action, policy debates and academic scrutiny in many countries. For some time, sociologists and psychologists have studied sexual orientation discrimination in institutions and explored prejudices against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in mainstream areas. Now economists have also begun to examine the experiences of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in less traditional research sectors including the labour, housing, credit, and retail markets. This book includes sections on:

  • wages and jobs
  • discrimination across institutional contexts
  • discrimination in cultural institutions including religion, education and sport
  • addressing discrimination through public policies.

Innovative and up-to-date this book is an essential read for postgraduate students studying in the areas of political economy, gender studies and feminist economics.

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Global Gay Gap: Institutions, Markets, and Social Change  Part 1: Wages and Jobs  Part 2: Discrimination Across Institutional Contexts  Part 3: Discrimination in other Cultural Institutions: Religion, Education, and Sport  Part 4: Addressing Discrimination Through Public Policies 

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M.V. Lee Badgett is Research Director, Williams Institute, UCLA; Associate Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

Jefferson Frank is Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK.


'It is a fascinating illustration of the often unseen and even underhand nature of sexual orientation discrimination.' - Drew Payne, Nursing Standard