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Uncovering a Quantitative Economic History of Gays and Lesbians in the United States

By Kyle Kauffman

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There has been no substantive mainstream research done on the economic history of gays and lesbians in the United States. I argue that the reason has more to do with the discipline's standard of appropriate research methodology and use of concrete evidence than with an inherent bias against doing research on gays and lesbians. This is primarily the result of the way government data were collected. Research that will be deemed credible by quantitative economic historians can only be done using reliable data, and such historical data regarding gays and lesbians are simply not yet available.Lesbian, Gay, Economic History,

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