The Relationship between Early Disability Onset and Education and Employment

Research Report

The Relationship between Early Disability Onset and Education and Employment

September 1, 2003

Abstract

The early onset of disability (at birth through young adulthood) can affect a person's employment outcomes in myriad ways. In addition to the direct effect of disability on employment, early onset of disability likely affects the acquisition of education and job skills (human capital). This reduced "investment" in human capital in turn may reduce the individual's employment and earnings prospects throughout their lifetime. If this is the case, people with early onset of disability may be doubly disadvantaged when it comes to later employment prospects. This study analyzes how timing of disability onset affects employment opportunities both directly and as a result of reduced investment in human capital (education).

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