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Counting Working-Age People with Disabilities: What Current Data Tell Us and Options for Improvement


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  • Kalamazoo
  • MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute
  • rew J. Houtenville
  • David C. Stapleton
  • Robert R. Weathers II
  • Richard V. Burkhauser
  • editors


Working-age people with disabilities are often overlooked in discussions of the latest statistics on employment, income, poverty, and other measures. This book reviews what current data on this population can and cannot tell us, as well as how data quality can be improved to better inform policy. The authors argue that better coordination of independent efforts can be accomplished by the use of common disability-related questions on existing survey data sets; expansion and improvements to the matching of administrative records across agencies; and easier access to matched data for the broader research community.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 6276.

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Date of creation: 30 Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6276

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Keywords: Disability; Employment; Income; Poverty; Employment Statistics;

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  1. David Stapleton & Craig Thornton, 2009. "Is It Time to Establish a National Disability Data System?," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6280, Mathematica Policy Research.
  2. David Stapleton & Craig Thornton, 2009. "Is It Time to Establish a National Disability Data System?," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6283, Mathematica Policy Research.
  3. David R. Mann & David C. Wittenburg, 2014. "Explaining Differentials in Employment and Wages Between Young Adults with and Without Disabilities," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 8112, Mathematica Policy Research.


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