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Hiring Workers with Disabilities when a Quota Requirement Exists: The relevance of firm’s size


  • Malo, Miguel A.
  • Pagan, Ricardo


We evaluate the impact of a mandatory quota of workers with disabilities using a sharp regression discontinuity design. We use data from a panel of Spanish firms where there is a mandatory quota of 2 per cent for firms with 50 or more workers. Non-parametric estimations show that strictly beyond the cut off of 50 workers there is an increase of 1.4 points in the percentage of workers with disabilities in the firm, just fulfilling the quota of 2 per cent. However, this effect has some lack of precision. In addition, for larger firm’s sizes the variation in the percentage of workers with disabilities will be more related with differences in firms’ characteristics.

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  • Malo, Miguel A. & Pagan, Ricardo, 2013. "Hiring Workers with Disabilities when a Quota Requirement Exists: The relevance of firm’s size," MPRA Paper 44277, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44277

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    1. 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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    Employment quota; disability; firm’s size; regression discontinuity;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
    • J88 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Public Policy

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