30 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2005
Date Written: January 2005
The enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 triggered a substantial academic debate about its consequences on employment rates of disabled people. In contrast, the employment provision of the 1996 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in Britain has received little attention. This paper provides robust evidence that, similar to the ADA in the US, the DDA has had no impact on the employment rate of disabled people or possibly worsened it. Possible reasons for this are low take-up of financial support, low levels of general awareness about the Act among disabled people and employers, and limited knowledge about the true costs of required adjustments.
Keywords: disability, employment, difference-in-difference, discrimination
JEL Classification: J2, I18, J71, J78
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bell, David N.F. and Heitmueller, Axel, The Disability Discrimination Act in the UK: Helping or Hindering Employment Amongst the Disabled? (January 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1476. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=659164
By John Bound