Recent Decline in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa, 1998-2006

Peer-reviewed article
(2013 Sep) South African Journal of Economics, 76 480-492


Sophie Mitra


This paper shows that there has been a significant decline in the employment and labor force participation of persons with disabilities in South Africa over the 1998 through 2006 period. Disability is defined based on activity limitations. Data are from the October and the General Household Surveys. The paper also deals with the possible causes of the decline. While several causes can be invoked, preliminary evidence suggests that the rise of the Disability Grant program might be responsible for a part of the decline. Recommendations are made for future research and data collection on disability and employment.

Livelihood & Social Protection