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…
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…
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.…
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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