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Wage Discrimination against Handicapped Men and Women


  • William G. Johnson
  • James Lambrinos


The extent of discrimination against handicapped men and women is estimated in this paper. Observed wage differentials are corrected for selectivity bias. The results indicate that almost one-third of the wage differential for men and close to one-half for women can be attributed to discrimination. Interestingly, handicapped women are also subjected to sex discrimination.

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  • William G. Johnson & James Lambrinos, 1985. "Wage Discrimination against Handicapped Men and Women," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 20(2), pages 264-277.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:20:y:1985:i:2:p:264-277

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