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Functional Impairment and the Choice of College Major


  • John Robst

    () (Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Florida Mental Health Institute, 13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd., University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA.)

  • Jennifer VanGilder

    (Department of Economics, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA 19426.)


This paper examines the relationship between expected lifetime wages, comparison wages, and the choice of college major for individuals with functional impairment. Individuals with functional impairment are expected to choose college majors where they have a comparative advantage relative to non-impaired students. Data from the National Survey of College Graduates show that individuals with functional impairment choose majors based on expected earnings, and anticipated differences in earnings from the non-impaired.

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  • John Robst & Jennifer VanGilder, 2010. "Functional Impairment and the Choice of College Major," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 36(2), pages 164-176, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:36:y:2010:i:2:p:164-176

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