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Jones, A. and O'Donnell, O. (1995). Equivalence scales and the costs of disability Journal of Public Economics, 56(2):273--289.


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    Journal of Public Economics

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.