Reflections on the Economics of Disability Based on UK and Australian Data - Peter J. Sloane - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Rivista internazionale di Scienze Sociali

Reflections on the Economics of Disability Based on UK and Australian Data

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Based on UK and Australian Data
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journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2022 - 2. A Special Issue on “Economics of Disability”
title Reflections on the Economics of Disability Based on UK and Australian Data
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
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online since 06-2022
doi 10.26350/000518_000097
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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The purpose of this contribution is to summarise the main findings of a group of economists working on the economics of disability based on Australian and British datasets. It emphasises that for many individuals disability is a temporary phenomenon, with the implication that cross-section analysis is inadequate if one wishes to pick this up together with its effects. Experience of the incidence of disability also varies across countries, but whether disability is work-limiting or not is an important factor. A peculiarity of disability legislation is that unequal treatment in the form of favourable treatment compared to the able bodied is implied unlike other forms of discrimination legislation, which are based on equal treatment. The effects of disability are found to be substantial and long lasting for many.

keywords

Disability, Discrimination, Dynamic analysis, Mismatch, Life satisfaction.

Author biography

Peter J. Sloane, Emeritus Professor, Swansea University, Adjunct Professor, Employment and Skills Research Centre, Adelaide University and Research Fellow, IZA, Bonn. Email: p.j.sloane@swansea.ac.uk