The Economic Cost of Homophobia: How LGBT Exclusion Impacts Development

Source: World Bank, March 12, 2014

What does exclusion cost? The World Bank hosted 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 was be presented at the event and examined four areas: workplace discrimination, health disparities in HIV, suicide, and depression. Even with a narrow focus on exclusion in these four areas, this research concludes that they could cost societies billions of dollars every year.

The panelists also discussed the data challenges of quantifying homophobia, and offer pathways for further research in this area.

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