Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession

The mission of the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession is to provide support for LGBTQ+ economists and economic research relevant to LGBTQ+ populations. The American Economic Association has supported the LGBTQ Economics Working Group since 2016 by hosting an annual meeting at the AEA/ASSA conference and by supporting the production of an LGBTQ Economics Newsletter. The Ad Hoc Committee was made a full committee in June 2019.

Economics of LGBTQ+ Individuals Virtual Seminar Series
Wednesdays at Noon ET (16:00 UTC)

The one-hour seminar includes a 35-minute presentation by the author and 25 minutes for questions and discussion. Please contact Michael Martell at with any questions or feedback.

Please sign up to receive the link to the Zoom meeting each week.

Statement by the Ad Hoc LGBTQ Economics Working Group’s Subcommittee on Professional Climate, Conduct, and Inclusivity

The Committee maintains a Google Group with announcements about events and research relevant to LGBTQ+ economists and allies and those who study LGTBQ+ peoples; interested individuals can request to join at!forum/lgbtqeconnewsletter or email with a request to join.

If you are an economics seminar organizer seeking to add LGBTQ+ speaker representation across all fields of economics, or if you are an LGBTQ+ identified economist who would like to add your own information to the list of available seminar speakers, please visit:

For more information, please contact the Committee’s co-chairs, Lee Badgett and Kitt Carpenter

Committee Members

  • M.V. Lee Badgett (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Co-Chair
  • Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter (Vanderbilt University) Co-Chair
  • Raphael Bostic (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)
  • Sandile Hlatshwayo (International Monetary Fund)
  • Michael E. Martell (Bard College)
  • Deirdre McCloskey (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Martha Olney (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Elisabeth (Bitsy) Perlman (U.S. Census Bureau)