Panel: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Housing, Labor and Education
(Social Equity and Race)

Saturday, November 10, 2018: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
8216 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Christopher Carpenter, Vanderbilt University
Discussants:  Michael E. Martell, Bard College

Analyzing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination for Federal Contractor and Noncontractor Firms
Lee Badgett1, Amanda Baumle2, Steve Boutcher1 and Eunjung Jee1, (1)University of Massachusetts, Amherst, (2)University of Houston

Sexual Orientation, Gender, Pregnancy, and Family Composition Discrimination in Mortgage Lending: Evidence from a Correspondence Field Experiment
Catherine Balfe1, Patrick Button1 and David Schwegman2, (1)Tulane University, (2)Syracuse University

This proposed session brings together three papers investigating discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity minorities in the United States with an emphasis on the role of public policy. The papers investigate discrimination in three arenas: labor markets, education and housing markets. One paper takes a unique investigation into under-researched policies: presidential executive orders. Badgett et al. measure the impact of federal orders banning SOGI discrimination among federal government contractors to measure the prevalence of discrimination as well as effectiveness of executive orders to alleviate discrimination in the labor market. Button et al investigate discrimination against SOGI individuals in mortgage markets and quantifies the cost of such discrimination. Quantifying the costs of discrimination guides policymakers who may assess the benefits of policies to alleviate related discrimination. McQuillan investigates a policy issue of rising national prominence: gender expansive educational policies. Understanding the determinants of the adoption of gender-expansive education policies provides a framework for understand the impact and expansion of policies aimed to make educational institutions more inclusive.

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