The Effects of Vocational Rehabilitation for People Who are Blind or Vision-Impaired

39 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2023

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Christopher M. Clapp

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

John V. Pepper

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

Robert M. Schmidt

University of Richmond

Steven N. Stern

Stony Brooke University

Date Written: July 2023

Abstract

We construct a structural model of participation in vocational rehabilitation and labor market outcomes for people with vision impairments. There are multiple services to choose among, and each has different effects on employment and earnings. We estimate negative effects for most service types, leading to surprisingly low rates of return to VR service receipt. The negative returns are strongly affected by large administrative costs.

Keywords: vocational rehabilitation, earnings, employment, disability

JEL Classification: I120, J140, J240, J310

Suggested Citation

Clapp, Christopher and Pepper, John V. and Schmidt, Robert M. and Stern, Steven N., The Effects of Vocational Rehabilitation for People Who are Blind or Vision-Impaired (July 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4514543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4514543

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Robert M. Schmidt

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Steven N. Stern

Stony Brooke University ( email )

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