Has the Employment Rate of People with Disabilities Declined? Policy Brief

11 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2006

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David C. Stapleton

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute

Andrew J. Houtenville

University of New Hampshire - Whittemore School of Business and Economics

Date Written: December 2004

Abstract

A major debate has begun over reports of an unprecedented decline in the employment rate of working-age people with disabilities by those using currently available data sources to track the health employment and economic well-being of the United States population. Many question whether the decline is real, and some have even called on the Federal government to end its financial support for the dissemination of employment estimates for people with disabilities using currently available data. In this policy brief we summarize the arguments and evidence on the issue, and reflect on the importance of the issue for the ongoing debate on disability policy. We conclude that the decline is real and it has important implications for public policy.

Suggested Citation

Stapleton, David C. and Burkhauser, Richard V. and Houtenville, Andrew J., Has the Employment Rate of People with Disabilities Declined? Policy Brief (December 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=892355 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.892355

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