The association of commuting time and wages for American workers with disabilities
BACKGROUND:Transportation research suggests that persons who travel further to work earn higher hourly wages. OBJECTIVE:To explore whether workers with disabilities who have longer commute times earn higher wages. METHODS:Data from the 2016 American Community Survey is used to examine commuting time and wages for workers with and without disabilities, controlling for individual characteristics. RESULTS:Travel time to work is quite similar between workers with and without disabilities, but workers with disabilities who travel similar amounts of time as workers without disabilities earn substantially less per hour, even when controlling for individual characteristics. CONCLUSIONSCommuting time does not contribute to the wage gap between workers with and without disabilities.
Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
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Brucker, D. & Rollins, N. (2019). Commuting time and wages of American workers with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50(1), 13-21. doi: 10.3233/JVR-180984.