Disability, Employment, and Public Policies​ Initiative (DEPPI)

Disability, Employment, and Public Policies​ Initiative (DEPPI)

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DEPPI (the Disability, Employment, and Public Policies Initiative) is a multidisciplinary project aiming to improve the understanding of the preparation, integration, access, participation, and job retention of people with disabilities. The work of DEPPI is based on evidence from field experiments, administrative records, and detailed interviews with employers and people living with physical disabilities. DEPPI wishes to contribute to the scientific literature in various fields by publishing research papers and articles in scientific journals.

Disability discrimination and the effectiveness of hiring subsidies: A job-search approach

In this article we study the effect of discrimination in the hiring of persons with disabilities on the effectiveness of public policies (wage subsidies). We first develop a job search model with matching and bargaining with participation decisions in the presence of employer taste based discrimination. This model allows us to separate the effect of discrimination from the effect of the productivity…

Directory of assistance programs for people with disabilities in New Brunswick and the province of Québec

This directory, which was finalized in autumn 2019, identifies many federal and provincial assistance programs for people with disabilities living in New Brunswick or the province of Québec. A description of the programs, eligibility criteria, effective dates, as well as terms and amounts are summarized in the directory.


Physical Disability and Labor Market Discrimination: Evidence from a Field Experiment

We investigate the determinants and extent of labor market discrimination toward people with acute physical disabilities (wheelchair users) using data from a large scale field experiment conducted in the province of Québec (Canada). Applications (cover letters and CVs) were randomly sent to 1477 private firms operating in two urban regions (Montréal and Québec City) advertising open positions requiring various skill levels. The applications were randomly generated to…

The perception of people living with disabilities towards job-seeking support

Access to the labour market for people with disabilities still represents one of their major challenges.

According to Statistics Canada (2011), employment rate of people aged 15 to 64 living with disabilities was 39% compared with 72% for people without disabilities. This is not just a Canadian issue, lower employment rates for people with disabilities is…

Study on discrimination: a field survey

The main subject of this master’s thesis is to figure out if handicapped people are subject to discrimination when employers choose whom to invite for an interview in the province of Quebec. For this purpose, I did an experiment by sending fake resumes to jobs posted online. Some of these resumes mention a handicap and others don’t. To evaluate the effect of a handicap, I compiled the positive and negative answers from employers to my job offers.…

Social and personal challenges related to job search encountered by people with motor, visual and/or hearing disabilities

Working is a basic vehicle of social participation for people living with disabilities. However, their labour market access is often hindered by physical, psychological and cultural barriers. The research community is increasingly interested in this issue. It is in this context that the project “Evaluation and development of policies aiming to support the integration and the retention of people with disabilities in the labour market” was conducted by a…

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