Publication Date

December 2004


A major debate has begun over reports of an unprecedented decline in the employment rate of working-age people with disabilities by those using currently available data sources to track the health employment and economic well-being of the United States population. Many question whether the decline is real, and some have even called on the Federal government to end its financial support for the dissemination of employment estimates for people with disabilities using currently available data. In this policy brief we summarize the arguments and evidence on the issue, and reflect on the importance of the issue for the ongoing debate on disability policy. We conclude that the decline is real and it has important implications for public policy.


Stapleton, D.C, Burkhauser, R.V. & Houtenville, A.J. , (December 2004), Has the Employment Rate of People with Disabilities Declined? Policy Brief, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

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