You are here

Pay discrimination against persons with disabilities: Canadian evidence from PALS

TitlePay discrimination against persons with disabilities: Canadian evidence from PALS
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGunderson, M., and Lee B. Y.
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume27
Pages1531 - 1549
Keywordscanada, compensation, disability, labour, pay
Abstract

The objective of the study is to estimate the extent of pay discrimination against persons with a disability in Canada. The methodology involves decomposing or partitioning the pay gap between persons with disabilities and a comparison group of persons without disabilities into a portion due to differences in the pay-determining characteristics and a portion due to the differences in pay when they have the same characteristics - commonly attributed to discrimination. In this study, we further control for differences in performance by restricting the analysis to persons with a disability that does not limit their performance at work. The data is from the 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey linked to the 2006 Census. We find that persons with a disability that does not affect their performance at work are still paid about 10% less than a comparison group with no disability but with the same pay-determining characteristics.

URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09585192.2015.1072106
DOI10.1080/09585192.2015.1072106
Document URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09585192.2015.1072106