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Worker Adaptation and Employer Accommodation Following the Onset of a Health Impairment

Mary C. Daly, John Bound

NBER Working Paper No. 5169
Issued in July 1995
NBER Program(s):   AG   LS

The responses of workers and their employers to the onset of work-limiting health impairments were investigated using data from the new Health and Retirement Survey. The results indicate that many workers who suffer from health limitations are directly accommodated by their employers, and that those who do not receive direct accommodation frequently adapt to their limitations by altering their job demands or by changing jobs. These findings point to the potential for adjustments on both sides of the market: by employers-- in the form of job accommodation--and by employees--in the form of job change.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5169

Published: "The Adaptation of Workers to the Onset of Health Limitations," Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences: Volume 51B, Issue 2 Pp. S53-S60. March 1996

 
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