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Lee Badgett featured economist at celebration of Human Rights Day at United Nations headquarters in NYC on December 10

December 10 is Human Rights Day and the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year the anniversary is commemorated by ceremonies and presentations at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The focus of this year’s presentations will include not only human rights but also economic development.
This year’s Human Rights Day will feature economist Lee Badgett, who published the first academic article on wage disparities faced by gay workers over twenty years ago. Last year she studied 39 emerging economies and showed that expanding LGBT rights could be part of a strategy to increase economic growth.  Read more……