Some economic issues affecting public policy on disability


  • Verna Smith



Economic perspectives of current public policy issues on disability are reviewed. The participation of people with disabilities in the labour market is discussed, with particular reference to the problem of information inadequacy. Different policy responses including equal employment opportunities, transitional and supported employment schemes, and dere.gulation of the labour market are considered. Income maintenance strategies, their adequacy and effect on vocational opportunity are reviewed. The role of insurance schemes in reducing the costs of disability is considered. Collective responses to the costs of disability are discussed.


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