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Unemployment Duration and Disability: Evidence from Portugal


Dario Sciulli


University of the Azores

António Menezes


University of the Azores - Department of Economics and Business

José António Cabral Vieira


University of the Azores - Department of Economics and Business; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

September 2007

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3028

Abstract:     
In this paper we use Portuguese data on individual (multiple) unemployment spells and apply semi-parametric duration models to investigate the effects of different types of disabilities on (re)employment probabilities. We find that disabled persons with muscular, skeletal, geriatric and sensorial problems experience the longest unemployment spells. Organic (blind, deaf or linguistic) disabilities also significantly reduce the probability of finding a job, while intellectual or psychological disabilities do not. We also find that having previous employment experience and vocational training raise the probability of leaving unemployment into employment. Negative duration dependence and unobserved heterogeneity are also found in the data. Policies that seek to promote job accessibility should take into account the heterogeneous nature of the effects of different disabilities on reemployment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: unemployment duration, disability, hazard models

JEL Classification: J64, I12, C41

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Date posted: September 27, 2007  

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Sciulli, Dario and Menezes, António and Cabral Vieira, José António, Unemployment Duration and Disability: Evidence from Portugal (September 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3028. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1017479

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Dario Sciulli
University of the Azores ( email )
P.O. Box 1422
9501-801 Ponta Delgada
Portugal
António Gomes de Menezes
University of the Azores - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
9501-801 Ponta Delgada Azores
Portugal
+351 96 745 1177 (Phone)
+351 29 665 0083 (Fax)
José António Cabral Vieira (Contact Author)
University of the Azores - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
9501-801 Ponta Delgada Azores
Portugal
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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