Institute on Disability
 

Title

More Likely to Be Poor Whatever the Measure: Working-Age Persons with Disabilities in the United States*

Abstract

Objective

This article examines whether disability is a correlate of poverty when poverty is measured using (1) the official poverty measure; (2) the supplemental poverty measure (SPM); and (3) two multidimensional poverty measures created by the authors.

Methods

Data from the Current Population Survey are used to explore the relationship between poverty and disability for each measure. Differences across disability status were tested for statistical significance.

Results

Disability is associated with poverty, irrespective of the poverty measure under use. The gap in poverty rates between persons with and without disabilities is smaller when using the SPM as compared to the official poverty measure. The gap in poverty rates between persons with and without disabilities is highest when using multidimensional poverty measures.

Conclusion

Working-age persons with disabilities are more likely to be poor whatever the measure under use. They are a disadvantaged group in the United States.

Publication Date

6-11-2014

Journal Title

Social Science Quarterly

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/ssqu.12098

Document Type

Article

Rights

© 2014 by the Southwestern Social Science Association