Expanding Employee Status: Gig Workers as Employees or Contractors and Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

Using a quasi-experimental framework, we will do pre/post comparisons of employment outcomes of people with disabilities in California relative both to people without disabilities in California, and to otherwise-similar workers in comparable states. The outcomes will include a) overall employment rates, b) employment rates broken down by employees versus self-employed rates, c) pay levels, d) benefit levels, e) poverty rates, and f) job retention.

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Paul Harpur and Peter Blanck
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