Panel Paper: Job Quality for Americans with Disabilities

Saturday, November 10, 2018
8206 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Debra L. Brucker and Megan Henly, University of New Hampshire

Using data from the 2014-2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS-ASEC), we estimate the prevalence of job quality for workers with and without disabilities, by full- or part-time employment status. A job of good quality is defined as one that pays more than median wages and that offers both employer-sponsored health insurance and a retirement savings program. Only 26.1% of workers aged 18 to 64 have good jobs, but this rate varies significantly between workers with disabilities (21.6%) and those without (26.2%). Using logistic regression to estimate the odds of having a good job, we find that disability in and of itself is not predictive of having a good job. We discuss the role of other sociodemographic characteristics. The marginal effects from these models estimate a three percentage-point gap in the proportion of full-time workers with and without disabilities holding good quality jobs (36.4% compared to 38.6%).