Recent Decline in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa, 1998-2006

Mitra S. (2008), The Recent Decline in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa, 1998-2006, South African Journal of Economics. Vol. 76(3), pp. 480-492.

17 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2013 Last revised: 9 Oct 2013

Date Written: July 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper shows that there has been a significant decline in the employment and labor force participation of persons with disabilities in South Africa over the 1998 through 2006 period. Disability is defined based on activity limitations. Data are from the October and the General Household Surveys. The paper also deals with the possible causes of the decline. While several causes can be invoked, preliminary evidence suggests that the rise of the Disability Grant program might be responsible for a part of the decline. Recommendations are made for future research and data collection on disability and employment.

Suggested Citation

Mitra, Sophie, Recent Decline in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa, 1998-2006 (July 1, 2008). Mitra S. (2008), The Recent Decline in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa, 1998-2006, South African Journal of Economics. Vol. 76(3), pp. 480-492., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2330486 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2330486

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