Equivalence scales and the costs of disability

Andrew Jones, Owen O'Donnell

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The impact of disability on household welfare is estimated by equivalence scales using data from the 1986-1987 FES Disability Survey. Three methods of identifying scales from cross-section data are considered; these imply a series of restrictions that are tested on quadratic logarithmic Engel curves. The results indicate that there are substantial consumption costs associated with physical disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-289
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Disability
  • Equivalence scales

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