The Economic Cost of Homophobia: How LGBT Exclusion Impacts Development
March 12, 2014Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

What does exclusion cost? Join us for a panel discussion on the preliminary findings of a study that developed and tested an economic model to measure the cost of excluding sexual minorities. The model examines workplace discrimination, health disparities in HIV, suicide, and depression, and concludes that they could cost societies billions.

Chair: Fabrice Houdart, Team Lead, "Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Development" 

Introduction: Satu Santala, World Bank Executive Director for Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden


Dr. M.V. Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Qing Wu, Senior Economic Analyst, Google

Dr. Amy Lind, Mary Ellen Heintz Endowed Chair, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS; Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations

Tracy Robinson, Vice President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI Persons, Organization of American States

Dennis van der Veur, Head of Sector Cooperation with EU Institutions and EU Member States, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Moderator: J. Lester Feder, BuzzFeed foreign correspondent

Presentation: The Economic Costs of Homophobia, A Case Study of India

The Economic Cost of Homophobia: How LGBT Exclusion Impacts Development