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Aging into disability beyond 50: the impact on labor force participation and earnings

Disability and Intersecting Statuses

ISBN: 978-1-78350-156-4, eISBN: 978-1-78350-157-1

ISSN: 1479-3547

Publication date: 27 December 2013



Our results inform the development of programs and policies aimed at improving the health of American workers in ways that extend the years in which they are able to remain in the labor force. For example, if older workers remain in the labor force, their economic contribution to the American economy, combined with a lower rate of reliance on public health subsidies, may result in significant cost savings.




This chapter was based on an Issue Brief by Social Dynamics, LLC and Altarum Institute, funded by a grant/contract from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (Number DOLU099429556). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply the endorsement of the U.S. Department of Labor.


Roehrig, C., Klayman, D. and Robinson, K. (2013), "Aging into disability beyond 50: the impact on labor force participation and earnings", Disability and Intersecting Statuses (Research in Social Science and Disability, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 189-204.



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