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Direct and indirect effects of disability on employment probabilities: a comparative analysis

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  • Chiara Mussida

    () (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Dario Sciulli

    () (Department of Economic Studies, Università G. d'Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara)

Abstract

The interest for the effects of disability on employment probabilities has increased in the last decade. The socio-economic debate also stressed the need of empowering people with disabilities. Whilst the existing literature primarily examine the direct effects of disability, we extend the focus by analyzing also the indirect effects of disability i.e.the way employment probability of an individual is affected by the presence of disabled member(s) in own household. We perform a comparative analysis among four major Western European Countries, i.e., Italy, Spain, France and the UK, by using the EU SILC panel data for the period 2007-2010. We find negative direct effects of disability on employment probabilities in all the countries. We also find some evidence of significant indirect effects, especially for females, with mixed signs and magnitude across countries. Different institutions, policies and household behaviour contribute to explain cross-country differences.

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  • Chiara Mussida & Dario Sciulli, 2015. "Direct and indirect effects of disability on employment probabilities: a comparative analysis," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali dises1507, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
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    1. Chiara Mussida & Dario Sciulli, 2016. "Disability and employment across Central and Eastern European Countries," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-24, December.

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    Disability; employment probabilities; caring activities; state dependence; initial conditions; country differences.;

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