Monday, 29 April 2013

The disability system and programs to promote employment for people with disabilities

an article by David Wittenburg and David R Mann (Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ, USA) and Allison Thompkins (Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge, MA, USA) published in IZA Journal of Labor Policy volume 2 Number 4 (2013)


This paper examines employment-focused interventions within the US disability system.

Our review illustrates the challenges of developing and implementing these types of initiatives, despite substantial policy interest.

Our findings indicate that none of the demonstrations we reviewed have the potential to lead to substantial caseload reductions that could reverse program growth.

However, they can inform future designs, particularly the importance of customising supports to very well-defined target populations.

JEL classification: D04

Full text (PDF 28pp)

Hazel’s comment:
A timely reminder that disabled people is not a label for a homogenous group!

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