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A Monetary Approach to Capability Measurement of the Disabled - Evidence from the UK

  • Wiebke Kuklys

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    In this paper we attempt to assess empirically the capability set of the disabled. We formulate the assumptions under which capability can be interpreted as needs-adjusted disposable household income, and use equivalence scales methodology to estimate it for households in the UK. We identify a positive cost of disability to the households and state, to what extent a disability can reduce an individual's capability set. The use of the derived capability measure instead of traditional income in poverty measures leads to a dramatic increase of poverty among the families with disabled members.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2004-08.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2004-08
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