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Improving the Employment Rates of People with Disabilities through Vocational Education

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  • Kostas Mavromaras

    (National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University; and IZA, Bonn)

  • Cain Polidano

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

Abstract

During the 2001-8 period, the employment rate of people with a disability remained remarkably low in most western economies, hardly responding to better macroeconomic conditions and favourable anti-discrimination legislation and interventions. Continuing health and productivity improvements in the general population are leaving people with disabilities behind, unable to play their role and have their share in the increasing productive capacity of the economy. This paper combines dynamic panel econometric estimation with longitudinal data from Australia to show that vocational education has a considerable and long lasting positive effect on the employment participation and productivity of people with disabilities.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2011n03.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Keywords: Employment; disabilities; productivity; vocational training; dynamic panel regression;

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  1. Stefanescu, Razvan & Dumitriu, Ramona & Nistor, Costel, 2012. "Policies to encourage the employment of people with disabilities: case of Romania," MPRA Paper 41637, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 20 Mar 2012.

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