More Likely to Be Poor Whatever the Measure: Persons with Disabilities in the U.S.

Fordham University Department of Economics Discussion Paper No. 2014-01

50 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014 Last revised: 27 Jan 2014

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Debra Brucker

University of New Hampshire

Sophie Mitra

Fordham University

Navena Chaitoo

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management; Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill

Joseph Mauro

Fordham University

Date Written: March 15, 2013

Abstract

Objective: This paper examines whether disability is a correlate of poverty when poverty is measured using (1) the official poverty measure; (2) the supplemental poverty measure (SPM); and (3) two newly created multidimensional poverty measures. Methods: Data from the Current Population Survey is used to explore the relationship between poverty and disability for each measure. Differences across disability status were tested for statistical significance. Results: Disability is associated with poverty, irrespective of the poverty measure under use. The gap in poverty rates between persons with and without disabilities is smaller when using the SPM as compared to the official poverty measure. The gap in poverty rates between persons with and without disabilities is highest when using multidimensional poverty measures. Conclusion: Working age persons with disabilities are more likely to be poor whatever the measure under use. They are a disadvantaged group in the U.S.

Keywords: Poverty; disability; multidimensional poverty

Suggested Citation

Brucker, Debra and Mitra, Sophie and Chaitoo, Navena and Mauro, Joseph, More Likely to Be Poor Whatever the Measure: Persons with Disabilities in the U.S. (March 15, 2013). Fordham University Department of Economics Discussion Paper No. 2014-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2379888

Debra Brucker (Contact Author)

University of New Hampshire ( email )

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Sophie Mitra

Fordham University ( email )

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Bronx, NY 10458
United States

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

Navena Chaitoo

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill ( email )

United States

Joseph Mauro

Fordham University

113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

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