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Title:Interpreting wage gaps of disabled men: The roles of productivity and discrimination PDF Logo
Authors:Longhi, Simonetta
Nicoletti, Cheti
Platt, Lucinda
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-19
Abstract:Using the UK Labour Force Survey, we study wage gaps for disabled men after the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. We estimate wage gaps at the mean and at different quantiles of the wage distribution, and decompose them into the part explained by differences in workers' and job characteristics, the part that can be ascribed to health-related reduced productivity, and a residual part which we can more confidently interpret as discrimination. For physically disabled workers, most of the wage gap can be attributed to differences in productivity, while for mentally disabled people we find evidence of wage discrimination.
Subjects:wage gap
discrimination
disability
Oaxaca decomposition
JEL:J7
J14
J31
C21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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