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.


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 https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lgbtqeconnewsletter or email lgbtq.econ.newsletter@gmail.com with a request to join.

For more information, please contact the Committee’s co-chairs, Lee Badgett lbadgett@econs.umass.edu and Kitt Carpenter christopher.s.carpenter@vanderbilt.edu.


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)