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A Closer Look at the Employment Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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  • Julie L. Hotchkiss

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This paper replicates recent findings that employment among disabled people has declined since the ADA. A closer look indicates that this decline results from a drop in the labor force participation rate among those classified as disabled. Further analysis indicates that this labor force participation rate decline, however, was not the result of disabled individuals fleeing the labor market, but, rather, more likely a result of the reclassification of nondisabled, nonparticipants, as disabled. The unconditional employment probability among disabled people (taking selection into the labor market into account) has not declined, and may have actually improved for certain disability classifications.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 39 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:39:y:2004:i:4:p887-911

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  1. Richard Burkhauser & Jeff Larrimore, 2008. "Trends in the Relative Household Income of Working-Age Men with Work Limitations: Correcting the Record Using Internal Current Population Survey Data," Working Papers, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau 08-05, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Owen O'Donnell & Eddy Van Doorslaer & Tom Van Ourti, 2013. "Health and Inequality," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 13-170/V, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Kamal Lamichhane & Yasuyuki Sawada, 2009. "Disability and Returns to Education in a Developing Country," CIRJE F-Series, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo CIRJE-F-645, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
  4. Richard V. Burkhauser & Mary C. Daly & Jeff Larrimore & Joyce Kwok, 2008. "The Transformation in Who is Expected to Work in the United States and How it Changed the Lives of Single Mothers and People with Disabilities," Working Papers, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center wp187, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  5. Richard V. Burkhauser & Mary C. Daly & Philip R. de Jong, 2008. "Curing the Dutch Disease: Lessons for United States Disability Policy," Working Papers, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center wp188, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  6. Christine Jolls & J.J. Prescott, 2004. "Disaggregating Employment Protection: The Case of Disability Discrimination," NBER Working Papers 10740, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Perry Singleton, 2009. "The Effective Target of the Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984," Center for Policy Research Working Papers, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University 119, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

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