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Estimating the extra costs of disability in European countries: Implications for poverty measurement and disability-related decommodification

Morris, Zachary A. and Zaidi, Asghar (2020) Estimating the extra costs of disability in European countries: Implications for poverty measurement and disability-related decommodification. Journal of European Social Policy, 30 (3). 339 - 354. ISSN 0958-9287

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0958928719891317

Abstract

It is widely accepted that people with disabilities incur additional expenditures on transport, heating, equipment and other items. In this article, we estimate the magnitude of these extra costs of living for adults with disabilities aged 50–65 across 15 countries of Europe using the Survey of Health, Aging, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) data. Drawing on the standard of living approach of Zaidi and Burchardt, we compare the incomes required by households with and without adults with disabilities to obtain an equivalent standard of living. We advance upon this research by drawing on the cross-nationally harmonized data of adults aged 50+ from the SHARE. The results suggest that there are substantial extra costs of disability in these countries: around 44 percent of income for a household with an adult reporting a work-related disability and somewhat less than 30 percent of income for a household with an adult who receives disability benefits. Applying an equivalization scale based on these figures increases the overall poverty incidence rate, especially for households with disabled adult members. These findings thus have implications for analysing the entitlement and benefit levels for disability support programmes and for devising accurate poverty estimates concerning persons with disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/esp
Additional Information: © 2020 Sage Publications
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 09:48
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 14:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103778

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