Deaf people and economic well-being: findings from the Life Opportunities Survey

Eun Jung Kim, Bronagh Byrne, Susan L. Parish

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The present study used propensity score analysis to compare the economic well-being of people with and without hearing impairment in the UK. Using nationally representative 2009/10 Life Opportunities Survey, our study found that economic well-being was significantly worse for people with hearing impairment than people without hearing impairment. Hearing impaired people (1) had lower household income, (2) experienced greater difficulties making ends meets, (3) were unable to pay for unexpected but necessary expenses of ₤500, and (4) were less likely to work in paid jobs even after accounting for other demographic characteristics. The findings underscore the barriers and discrimination against people with hearing impairment in the UK. Policy measures to increase access and engagement of hearing impaired people should be considered, including increasing investment in better employment opportunities, sign interpretation, and disability benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-391
Number of pages18
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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