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Richard R. Cornwall

In: 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 75: Queer Economics: Sexual Orientation and Economic Outcomes

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Queer Economics: Sexual Orientation and Economic Outcomes
Queer economics: Sexual orientation and economic outcomes

Queer economics looks at a particular example of the tight connection between markets and the emergence and shaping of social identities. What makes it “queer” is focusing on the role markets have played in the birth of lesbian-gay-bi-transexual identities with particular interest in how certain identities are queered (i.e., their social valuation is switched across a social boundary between straight-respectable and gayabjected). Queer economics also goes the other direction—namely, from perceptions of sexual orientations in markets to the behavior of individuals and businesses in markets resulting, for example, in inequality in earnings according to sexual orientation.

Conventional Economic Thinking

An economist ignorant of queer theory might imagine measuring the economic impact of queer culture ...

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