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LGBT+ wage gap: how it's linked to discrimination – and weakens economic growth

By Pawel Adrjan, Research Fellow in Economics, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
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The wage gaps that exist between men and women and between white and black people have received a lot of attention in recent years. But there’s another wage gap that tends to be overlooked – between heterosexuals and LGBT+ people.

Interestingly, it works in two different directions: most studies show a wage penalty for gay men but a wage premium for lesbian women compared with their heterosexual counterparts. One analysis of 32 studies from several countries found that on average, gay men earned…


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