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Regional Performance Trends in Providing Employment for Persons with Disabilities: Evidence from Italy

Massimiliano Agovino and A. Rapposelli
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A. Rapposelli: “G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2017, vol. 130, issue 2, 593-615

Abstract: Abstract The aim of this work is to analyse the situation of persons with disabilities in the Italian labour market, with a view to providing guidelines to promote their inclusion both in the labour market and in society. For this purpose, we propose a two-step analysis focusing on Italian regions for the period 2006–2009. In the first phase, we use the Data Envelopment Analysis method to evaluate regional efficiency in providing employment for persons with disabilities. Cluster analysis is then applied to regional efficiency scores and economic policy variables in order to identify “policy clusters of regions”. Our results show that it is necessary both to focus on the residual work ability of persons with disabilities and to develop a social integration culture on the demand side of the labour market. Moreover, a structural reform of disability benefit systems is required in order to promote a culture of social inclusion.

Keywords: Persons with disabilities; Public policy; Non-labour market discrimination; Technical efficiency; Data envelopment analysis (DEA); Cluster analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J14 C61 J48 C38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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