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Occupational Attainment and Earnings: The Case of the Disabled


  • Peter Skogman Thoursie


This paper offers, for the first time, an investigation of wage differentials between disabled and non-disabled workers in Sweden. It extends the traditional wage decomposition by incorporating explained and unexplained differences in occupational attainment. Data from the Swedish Level of Living Survey for 1981 and for 1991 have been used. The results show that in both years the disabled worked in low-level occupations to a greater extent relative to the non-disabled. This is due to the fact that disabled workers have lower qualifications. The unexplained component due to differences in returns on wage determinants is insignificant in the 1981 case but is highly significant in 1991, constituting around 50-60 per cent of the average log wage differential. Copyright 2004 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Peter Skogman Thoursie, 2004. "Occupational Attainment and Earnings: The Case of the Disabled," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 18(3), pages 415-442, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:18:y:2004:i:3:p:415-442

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    1. Mitra, Sophie & Sambamoorthi, Usha, 2008. "Disability and the Rural Labor Market in India: Evidence for Males in Tamil Nadu," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 934-952, May.
    2. Gannon, Brenda & Munley, Margaret, 2009. "Age and disability: Explaining the wage differential," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 69(1), pages 47-55, July.

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