Disability and the Rural Labor Market in India: Evidence for Males in Tamil Nadu

Sophie Mitra, Usha Sambamoorthi

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Abstract

This paper examines the differences in employment and wages between males with and without disabilities, using data from the Village Disability Survey conducted in Tamil Nadu, India. We find that the employment gap between individuals with and without disability is not explained by differences in human capital and productivity, and may result from differential returns to characteristics and from discrimination in access to employment. Results from a selectivity-corrected wage equation suggest that wages are not statistically different between disabled and non-disabled males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)934-952
Number of pages19
JournalWorld Development
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • disability
  • India
  • logit decomposition
  • rural employment
  • South Asia

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