COVID-19 and Employment Losses for Workers with Disabilities: An Intersectional Approach

32 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2021

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Lisa Schur

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

Rutgers University - School of Management and Labor Relations

Douglas L. Kruse

Rutgers University

Date Written: February 16, 2021

Abstract

This paper studies the disparate effects of COVID-19 on workers with physical and mental disabilities, paying particular attention to an intersectional analysis by disability, race/ethnicity, and gender. Results indicate that White and Black women with disabilities experienced relatively greater employment losses during the pandemic compared to White men without disabilities. Our decomposition procedures reveal that the disability employment gap increased during the pandemic, and a substantial portion of the increased gap is explained by differential effects of the pandemic across occupations. The unexplained component of the disability gap also rose, which could partly reflect growing discrimination against people with disabilities.

Keywords: COVID-19, Disability, Race, Gender, Unemployment, Jobs, Intersectional

JEL Classification: J1, J2, J6, J7, H8

Suggested Citation

Schur, Lisa and Rodgers, Yana van der Meulen and Kruse, Douglas L., COVID-19 and Employment Losses for Workers with Disabilities: An Intersectional Approach (February 16, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3788319 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3788319

Lisa Schur

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