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Economic Costs of Caring for Children with Disabilities in Canada


  • Peter Burton
  • Shelley Phipps


This paper uses the child sample of Statistics Canada's 2001 Participation and Activity Limitations Survey to study the economic costs of caring for children with disabilities in Canada. Both explicit out-of-pocket expenditures and implicit costs in the form of foregone labour market opportunities are considered. Results indicate that, despite universal health insurance in Canada, a majority of families of children with disabilities incur significant economic costs. Additional financial support might be offered, particularly when the child's condition is severe, and costly therapy and specialized aids could be covered. Our results also support the need for respite as well as help in balancing work and caregiving for Canadian parents of children with disabilities.

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  • Peter Burton & Shelley Phipps, 2009. "Economic Costs of Caring for Children with Disabilities in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 35(3), pages 269-290, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:35:y:2009:i:3:p:269-290

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    1. Peter Burton & Kelly Chen & Lynn Lethbridge & Shelley Phipps, 2017. "Child health and parental paid work," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 597-620, June.
    2. Jason Fletcher & Nicole Hair & Barbara Wolfe, 2012. "Am I my Brother's Keeper? Sibling Spillover Effects: The Case of Developmental Disabilities and Externalizing Behavior," CEPR Discussion Papers 668, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
    3. Jason Fletcher & Marsha Mailick & Jieun Song & Barbara Wolfe, 2013. "A Sibling Death in the Family: Common and Consequential," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 50(3), pages 803-826, June.
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