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Paper Looks at the Economics of Supported Employment

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Paper Looks at the Economics of Supported Employment

January 4, 2013

In a paper titled The Economics of Supported Employment: What New Data Tell Us (Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation 37 (2012) 109-117), author Robert Cimera reviews literature on supported employment costs and benefits from the 1980s and 1990s and also examines the findings from more recent research on this topic. Questions addressed in the paper include whether people with disabilities should work competitively in the community; whether supported employment is cost-efficient from the taxpayers’ perspective; which is more cost-effective, supported employment or sheltered workshops; and how can supported employment become more effective and efficient. In summary, he found that overall individuals fare better financially when working in the community rather than in sheltered workshops, though not all populations of supported employees are cost-efficient in all states.