Economic Returns of Nations Investing in the Disability Sector

Due to the preconceived notion that there is a high cost associated with accommodating PWD, many governments and businesses underinvest in PWD and overlook the economic benefits they bring to society. In an effort to encourage governments to invest in their country’s disabled population, specifically developing nations, this research gained insight into the economic ROIs in the disability sector made by countries like Brazil and India.

This research was done by undergraduate students Caleb Li (Northwestern), Matthew You (Northwestern), and Sarthak Pant (Skidmore) and presents an economic model that calculates how much Brazil and India can benefit by investing in PWD across 4 investment sectors. 

To read more about their work, check out their executive summary here: