Working Differently or Not at All: COVID-19’s Effects on Employment among People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

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COVID-19 is accentuating pre-existing structural disadvantages and inequalities. Although employment levels and income have rebounded for individuals and households who were more advantaged prior to the pandemic, this is not the case for lower income households and less advantaged groups. Many continue to remain insecure with fears of falling off an income cliff. We not only point to the crucial role of employment for economic security but also illustrate that it is not the only factor. This becomes all the more salient during crises that generate exogenous shocks to social, political, and economic systems, whereby individuals cannot necessarily rely on labor market supports alone.”

Maroto ML, Pettinicchio D, Lukk M. Working Differently or Not at All: COVID-19’s Effects on Employment among People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions. Sociological Perspectives. May 2021. doi:10.1177/07311214211012018

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/07311214211012018