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Do institutions affect the matching process of disabled people? The Italian case

Massimiliano Agovino, Antonio Garofalo () and Katia Marchesano ()
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Antonio Garofalo: University of Naples “Parthenope”
Katia Marchesano: University of Naples “Parthenope”

Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 2018, vol. 52, issue 2, No 26, 943 pages

Abstract: Abstract The aim of this paper is to investigate whether the various Italian regions’ efficiency in providing employment for disabled people under Law 12 March n.68 1999, “Regulation on the right to work of disabled people” (Law 68/99) can be affected by their institutional quality. For this reason, a Stochastic Frontier Approach is used for estimating the regional matching function, where the flow of disabled people who found a job is produced by the combination of unemployment and vacancies. The matching equation is estimated using regional data from ISFOL, from 2006 to 2011. Results show the presence of a territorial dualism with regard to the matching process. The Southern regions of Italy have the lowest efficiency scores due to their lower institutional quality. The empirical analysis confirms that a good institutional quality is able to reduce the inefficiency of the matching process of disabled people. Therefore, it requires the implementation of policies aimed at improving the level of institutions, particularly in Southern Italy, in order to improve the efficiency of Law 68/99.

Keywords: Disabled people; Public policy; Institutional quality; Stochastic frontier approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J08 J48 C21 C40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s11135-017-0496-5

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