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Canadians with Disabilities and the Labour Market

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  • Derek Hum
  • Wayne Simpson
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    The master file of the Labour Market Activity Survey is used to investigate the effect of disability on labour market activity. Our results indicate the importance of acknowledging the severity of disability, of distinguishing between men and women, and of distinguishing between earnings and hours of work when considering the labour market performance of Canadians with functional limitations. Employment policies directed toward Canadians with disabilities should therefore recognize the heterogeneity of this group and consider alternative initiatives to aid those with differing severity of functional limitations. The paper finds no evidence of earnings discrimination against employed men and women with disabilities, although these results must be interpreted cautiously.

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    Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 22 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 287-299

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    Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:22:y:1996:i:3:p:287-299

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    1. D.P. Doessel & Ruth F.G. Williams, 2011. "Disabled people's living standards: filling a policy vacuum," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 38(4), pages 341-357, March.
    2. Sergi Jiménez-Martín & José M. Labeaga & Cristina Vilaplana Prieto, . "A sequential model for older workers’ labor transitions after a health shock," Working Papers 2005-23, FEDEA.
    3. Roger Wilkins, 2003. "Labour Market Outcomes and Welfare Dependence of Persons with Disabilities in Australia," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2003n02, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    4. Arnold de Silva, 1999. "Wage Discrimination Against Natives," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 25(1), pages 65-85, March.
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