Is There a Disability Gap in Employment Rates in Developing Countries?

49 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2012 Last revised: 6 May 2014

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Suguru Mizunoya

Master of Global Political Economy Programme

Sophie Mitra

Fordham University

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

This paper examines differences in employment rates between persons with and without disabilities in 15 developing countries using the World Health Survey. We find that people with disabilities have lower employment rates than persons without disabilities in nine countries. Across countries, disability gaps in employment rates are more often found for men than women. The largest disability gap in employment rates is found for persons with multiple disabilities. For countries with a disability gap, results from a logistic decomposition suggest that observable characteristics of persons with/without disabilities do not explain most of the gap.

Keywords: disability, employment, self-employment, developing countries, logit decomposition

JEL Classification: I31, J14, O15

Suggested Citation

Mizunoya, Suguru and Mitra, Sophie, Is There a Disability Gap in Employment Rates in Developing Countries? (May 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2127568

Suguru Mizunoya

Master of Global Political Economy Programme ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://mgpe.ssc.cuhk.edu.hk/eng/index.html

Sophie Mitra (Contact Author)

Fordham University ( email )

441 East Fordham road
Bronx, NY 10458
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fordham.edu/economics/mitra

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