The European Journal of Health Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 71–86 | Cite as

Wage subsidies and hiring chances for the disabled: some causal evidence

  • Stijn Baert
Original Paper


This study evaluated the effectiveness of wage subsidies as a policy instrument to integrate disabled individuals into the labor market. To identify causal effects, a large-scale field experiment was conducted in Belgium. The results show that the likelihood of a disabled candidate receiving a positive response to a job application is not positively influenced by disclosing entitlement to the Flemish Supporting Subsidy.


Economics of health Labor market policy evaluation Wage subsidies Disability Discrimination 

JEL Classification

I38 J14 J78 



We thank Joyce Van Duyvenboden, Marijke Vermeersch, and Eveline Van Crombrugghe for their excellent research assistance. Furthermore, we are grateful to two anonymous reviewers as well as to Dominique Anxo, Colin Cameron, Bart Cockx, Luca Fumarco, Emma Neuman, Dan-Olof Rooth, and the participants in the labor market seminar of the Public Employment Agency of Flanders in December 2013, the lunch seminar at the Linnaeus University Centre for Labor Market and Discrimination in February 2014, and the Spring Meeting of Young Economists in April 2014 for their valuable comments on the manuscript and their constructive suggestions. Finally, we thank GTB Gent vzw, Cursief vzw, and UBCO for the support.

Ethical standards

The reported research was reviewed and approved by the Ethical Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Ghent University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ghent University and IZAGhentBelgium

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