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The Effect of Disability on Labour Market Outcomes in Germany: Evidence from Matching

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  • Lechner, Michael
  • Vazquez-Alvarez, Rosalia

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If labour market policies aimed at people with disabilities are effective, we should observe no significant difference in labour market outcomes between disabled and non-disabled individuals. This Paper examines the impact of disability status on labour market outcomes using matching methods associated with treatment effect techniques for programme evaluation. Such techniques are fairly robust with respect to model misspecification and account for the common support problem, thus improving the identification and estimation strategy. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel (1984-2001) we estimate the impact of disability on labour market participation and different income measures. We find that those who are not disabled experience higher employment rates and higher earnings relative to those who have become disabled. This difference is almost always significant for all labour market outcomes considered.

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  • Lechner, Michael & Vazquez-Alvarez, Rosalia, 2004. "The Effect of Disability on Labour Market Outcomes in Germany: Evidence from Matching," CEPR Discussion Papers 4223, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    causality; evaluation of disability policies; health status; I12; labour market outcomes; matching on the propensity score; treatment effect;
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    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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