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Disability and Work: Empirical Evidence from Italy

Tindara Addabbo (), Jaya Krishnakumar () and Elena Sarti ()

Chapter 2 in Disadvantaged Workers, 2014, pp 11-29 from AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro

Abstract: This essay is an empirical study of the working conditions of people with disability using Italian microdata collected through a survey carried out by ISTAT in 2004. Our analysis is guided by the theoretical framework of the capability approach, allowing us to consider various conversion factors including those associated with different types of disability for explaining the capability of work. Our results are also relevant from a policy point of view, as they focus on a country (Italy) which is considered a flagship model in the international context given its specific legislation in favour of the job placement of disabled people. We find that the impact of disability is different according to the type of disability. Among the other personal and environmental characteristics, age, gender, education and place of residence are significant determinants of being in the labour force.

Keywords: Disability; Capability approach; Labour market; Working opportunities; Personal characteristics and environmental factors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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