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Labour Force Participation by Disabled Males in Canada

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  • Jon Harkness

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The disabled are not necessarily unemployed, although about a quarter of them report they are completely prevented from working. A disabled person's decision to work or not depends on a variety of psychological, social, and economic, as well as health, factors. This paper asks if Canadian disability-related insurance schemes discourage work. It models and measures the impact of disability benefits on the work choice of disabled prime-age males. It finds that they amount to a significant work disincentive. But better yet, they likely save many disabled persons from unsuitable and/or undesirable jobs.

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  • Jon Harkness, 1993. "Labour Force Participation by Disabled Males in Canada," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 26(4), pages 878-889, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:26:y:1993:i:4:p:878-89
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    1. Laurence Jacquet, 2006. "Optimal disability assistance when fraud and stigma matter," Working Papers 1098, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
    2. 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.
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    7. David Haardt, 2007. "Cognitive functioning and labour force participation among older men and women in England," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 222, McMaster University.
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    14. Campolieti, Michele, 2002. "Disability and the labor force participation of older men in Canada," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 405-432, July.

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