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The Cost of Disability in China

Prashant Loyalka, Lan Liu (), Gong Chen () and Xiaoying Zheng ()

Demography, 2014, vol. 51, issue 1, 97-118

Abstract: We describe the degree to which household income is negatively associated with the prevalence of different types of disability (i.e., medical impairments) in China using data from the 2006 Second National Survey of Disabled Persons. We then calculate the extra costs of disability across different types of households and show how these costs differ by the type and severity of disability in both urban and rural areas. Finally, we use nationally representative panel data on persons with disabilities from 2007 to 2009 to examine the degree to which social security is reaching persons with different types and severity of disabilities in both urban and rural areas. We conclude that although the amount and coverage of social security for households with disabilities is increasing rapidly, it is still not enough to offset the income differential between households with and without disabled persons, especially when we account for the extra costs of disability. Copyright Population Association of America 2014

Keywords: Disability; Poverty; Extra costs; China; Social security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s13524-013-0272-7

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