Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)



First Advisor

Bruce Wydick


Abstract: How do wheelchairs impact income and the possible channels of employment status and time allocation for the physically disabled? In order to improve opportunities for people with disability, it is imperative to know the effect that a wheelchair has on the lives of the disabled. Estimates from 261 participants across Addis Ababa, Ethiopia were taken to estimate a wheelchair’s impact across numerous time, economic and distance variables. I demonstrate how nearest neighbor covariate matching methods can be used to estimate how wheelchair beneficiaries would have fared had they not been given a wheelchair. Results show that current wheelchair users earn $6.23 more per week, have a 15 percent higher probability of employment and work 1.75 hours more per day than their non-wheelchair using counterparts.