Contrasting the Employment of Single Mothers and People with Disabilities

Employment Research, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2003

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

Abstract

The transition of single women with children off the welfare rolls and into employment (see Figures 1 and 2) in the 1990s has been described as "stunning" by leading policy researchers (see, for instance, Blank 2002). The authors in The Decline in Employment of People with Disabilities: A Policy Puzzle (Stapleton and Burkhauser 2003) document and analyze an equally stunning transition of working-age people with disabilities out of the workforce and onto disability income support programs (see Figures 1 and 2), despite the upsurge in government rhetoric proclaiming increased employment and economic independence as a primary policy goal. Employment and program participation trends for both populations departed sharply from trends in the prior decade.

Suggested Citation

Stapleton, David C. and Burkhauser, Richard V., Contrasting the Employment of Single Mothers and People with Disabilities. Employment Research, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2003 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=892422

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