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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Institute for Research on Poverty


Income Security Policy Series


National Council on Disability Symposium on Writing National Policies on Work Disabilities.


Economic Policy | Economics | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy


In this paper the authors analyze the effects of two decades of federal disability policy and macroeconomic fluctuation on the well-being of men with disabilities. Their findings indicate that both have dramatically affected the economic well-being of people with disabilities both absolutely and relative to people without disabilities. Using data from the Current Population Survey (19681988) they find that by 1987 the households of white or well-educated male heads with disabilities had fully recovered from the program cuts and recession of the early 1980s. However, to a large extent this recovery was due to additional earnings by spouses. Alternatively, the households of the doubly disadvantaged--nonwhite or poorly educated males with disabilities--did not recover from their recession depths. The authors also conclude that the new mandates on business aimed at integrating people with disabilities into society are not likely to help the doubly handicapped and that improvements in their well-being will likely depend on more generous income transfers or increased earning of those with whom they live.


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Policy studies paper no.4


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