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Title:The Disability Discrimination Act in the UK : Helping or Hindering Employment Amongst the Disabled? PDF Logo
Authors:Bell, David N.F.
Heitmüller, Axel
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1476
Abstract:The enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 triggered a substantial academic debate about its consequences on employment rates of disabled people. In contrast, the employment provision of the 1996 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in Britain has received little attention. This paper provides robust evidence that, similar to the ADA in the US, the DDA has had no impact on the employment rate of disabled people or possibly worsened it. Possible reasons for this are low take-up of financial support, low levels of general awareness about the Act among disabled people and employers, and limited knowledge about the true costs of required adjustments.
Subjects:disability
employment
difference-in-difference
discrimination
JEL:I18
J2
J78
J71
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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