Research Report The Relationship between Early Disability Onset and Education and Employment
Pamela J. Loprest, Elaine Maag
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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).

Research Areas Education Health and health care
Tags Disability and long-term care Disabilities and employment Secondary education Disability equity policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center