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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2023, 5(1); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2023.050101.

Does disability necessarily lead to poverty?


Jiawei Tian1, Mengjie Ma2

Corresponding Author:
Jiawei Tian

1China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, 201206, China

2Guangzhou Xinhua University, Guangzhou, 510520, China


It is well known that the existence of disability can lead a person (or his family) into poverty. More specifically, disability may cause a person to face inequality in education and employment, thus adversely affecting his income; The increase of disability related expenditure has led to the reduction of living standards and poverty of the disabled and their families. Taking India and China as examples, this paper analyzes how disability leads to inequality and poverty. This paper argues that the limitations of the health of the disabled, the socio-cultural prejudice against disability and the lack of government support policies have all contributed to the unequal treatment faced by the disabled in many aspects. These inequalities, in turn, directly or indirectly lead to a decrease in the income of disabled persons compared with non-disabled persons; On the other hand, compared with non-disabled persons, disabled persons face an increase in the cost of living, which together leads to relative poverty, often absolute poverty.


Disability; Poverty; Inequality; Gender

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Jiawei Tian, Mengjie Ma. Does disability necessarily lead to poverty? . International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2023), Vol. 5, Issue 1: 1-7. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2023.050101.


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