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To what extent does disability discourage from work? An empirical analysis of labour force participation of disabled people in Italy


  • Tindara Addabbo


  • Jaya Krishnakumar


  • Elena Sarti



This paper is an empirical study on the work opportunities of people with disability using Italian data collected through a survey carried out by ISTAT in 2004. Our analysis is guided by the conceptual framework of the capability approach and investigates the role of conversion factors in the ability to be employed and the type of employment. We first use a simple probit for labour force participation and then a sequential logit for the outcomes of participation as well as employment status. In all variants we find that chronic illness is a stronger deterrent for labour force participation than disability. Women are more discouraged by disability compared to men. Among the various types of disabilities, 'intellectual' disability is the strongest barrier as can be expected and hearing the least in uential. In a sequential decision-making process, we and that disability aspects both labour force participation decision and the ability to be employed but not so much the choice between part-time and full-time.

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  • Tindara Addabbo & Jaya Krishnakumar & Elena Sarti, 2013. "To what extent does disability discourage from work? An empirical analysis of labour force participation of disabled people in Italy," Center for the Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) 0109, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia "Marco Biagi".
  • Handle: RePEc:mod:cappmo:0109

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    1. Massimiliano Agovino & Agnese Rapposelli, 2016. "Does flexicurity promote the employment of disabled people? A panel analysis for Italian regional data," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 50(5), pages 2085-2105, September.

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