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Expanding Employment Discrimination Protections for Individuals with Disabilities: Evidence from California

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  • Patrick Button

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Effective 2001, California passed the Prudence Kay Poppink Act which broadened California's disability employment discrimination law to cover individuals with less severe disabilities by lowering the burden of proof to establish a disability. I estimate how this act affected the labor market outcomes for individuals with disabilities using both difference-in-differences and difference-in-differences-in-differences regression analyses and data from the Current Population Survey. The results suggest that the act signiï¬ cantly increased employment, with the effect persisting at least partially up to six years later.

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  • Patrick Button, 2016. "Expanding Employment Discrimination Protections for Individuals with Disabilities: Evidence from California," Working Papers 1601, Tulane University, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2016.
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    1. David Neumark & Ian Burn & Patrick Button & Nanneh Chehras, 2016. "Do State Laws Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Reduce Age Discrimination in Hiring? Experimental (and Nonexperimental) Evidence," Working Papers wp349, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.

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    Keywords

    Disability; discrimination; labor employment law; Prudence Kay Poppink Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; Sutton Trilogy;

    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law

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