Labor market discrimination against men with disabilities in the year of the ADA

Marjorie Baldwin, William Johnson

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Abstract

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides civil rights protections to persons with disabilities, but the debate that preceded passage of the Act was not based on empirical estimates that could be used to measure its performance. This article estimates the extent of wage discrimination against men with disabilities in 1990, providing a reference that can be used to evaluate the impact of the ADA. The results show large productivity-standardized wage differentials between disabled and nondisabled men that are weakly correlated with the strength of prejudice against different impairments. Physical limitations explain part, but not all, of the wage differentials. The results also show that low employment rates are a more serious problem than wage discrimination for workers with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-566
Number of pages19
JournalSouthern Economic Journal
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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