Hogan studies the effects of child disability on caregivers, with particular focus on the increased costs that families must bear when a severely disabled child is not institutionalized. The bottom line of this body of research is that while there has been a long-term trend to reduce institutionalization of severely disabled children, the family bears much of the cost. This increased cost is seen in the relatively high proportion of families with a disabled child that have only one worker in the labor force and in the frustration and time costs of home care and managing the disability services maze. Parents with a disabled child are more likely to divorce and in some cases are less likely to have another child. In addition to creating a new data set and contributing to the literature on child care for children with disabilities, this project will inform child care policy in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Director: Dennis P. Hogan
Collaborator: Susan E. Short
Research Theme: Persistent Disparities in Health and Human Capital