Panel Paper: The Great Recession and Older Workers with Disabilities

Thursday, November 8, 2012 : 3:40 PM
Washington (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Lucie Schmidt, Williams College, Purvi Sevak, Hunter College - CUNY and R. Onur Altindag, Hunter College

Evidence suggests that workers with disabilities have been hit particularly hard by the recent recession. The increased difficulty in finding a job faced by individuals with disabilities, combined with the longer spells of unemployment experienced by all workers in this recession, could mean that laid-off disabled workers in their pre-retirement years may never return to work. This project will use data from the 2004-2010 waves of the Health and Retirement Study to examine how the great recession has affected workers with disabilities. Exploiting the long panel of the HRS and the breadth of its questions, we will be able to examine a broader group of disabled workers and workers at risk of disability due to chronic health conditions. In addition to examining employment outcomes, we will examine measures of well-being including consumption and health care utilization.