Research Article

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Citation:  Brucker, D. L. & Henly, M. (2019). Job quality for Americans with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50 (2), 121-130.
Title:  Job quality for Americans with disabilities
Authors:  Brucker, D. L. & Henly, M.
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes
Research design:  Literature review

Structured abstract:

Background:  In previous research across a variety of disciplines, job quality is a concept used to assess inequality in employment. Little attention has been paid to examining job quality for workers with disabilities.
Purpose:  This article seeks to expand upon existing measures of employment outcomes for people with disabilities by examining the likelihood of having a good quality job compared to workers with no disability.
Data collection and analysis:  Using the 2014–2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS-ASEC), we estimate the prevalence of good quality jobs 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 offers employer-sponsored health insurance and a retirement savings program.
Findings:  Using logistic regression to estimate the odds of having a good job, we find that disability is not predictive of having a good job after controlling for sociodemographic characteristics and health status.
Conclusions:  Job quality indicators are useful components in tracking employment participation for workers with disabilities. Alternate measures using subjective assessments of job quality should be explored.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Full-time employment
Part-time employment