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Barriers to economic security: Disability, employment, and asset disparities in Canada

TitleBarriers to economic security: Disability, employment, and asset disparities in Canada
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMaroto, M., and Pettinicchio D.
JournalCanadian Review of Sociology
Volume57
Pages53 - 79
Abstract

Although ample research shows that people with disabilities face significant labor market barriers, questions remain about whether and how disadvantages in employment and earnings contribute to economic insecurity. We use 1999 to 2012 Canadian Survey of Financial Security data to study disparities in nonhousing assets, which include household savings, stocks, and pensions, across households with and without disabilities. We find that households where the respondent or their spouse reported a disability held 25 percent less in nonhousing assets after accounting for key employment, education, and demographic factors. Demonstrating the more complicated relationship between disability, employment, and assets, these direct effects were further strengthened by disability's indirect effects on assets through its relationship with employment income.

URLhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cars.12268
DOI10.1111/cars.12268
Document URLhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/cars.12268