Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58680
Authors: 
Menon, Nidhiya
Parish, Susan L.
Rose, Roderick A.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6218
Abstract: 
Among countries with comparable levels of income, India has one of the more progressive disability policy frameworks; however, people with disabilities in India are subject to multiple disadvantages. This paper focuses on state-level variations in outcomes for people with disabilities to provide one explanation for the stark contrast between the liberal laws on paper and the challenges faced by people with disabilities in practice. Using a random coefficients model that allows for state-level differences, we find that households with members with disabilities have 4.2 percent lower marriage rates, monthly per capita expenditure that is lower by 176 Indian Rupees (19 percent of overall average per capita expenditure), and about a 5 percent lower level of completed formal schooling as compared to households without disabled individuals. Tests of parameter constancy across states are almost uniformly rejected indicating the presence of substantial state-level heterogeneity across all models in the outcomes examined.
Subjects: 
disability
India
economic well-being
state variations
people with disabilities
JEL: 
O12
I15
I18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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