Special Issue "Disability, Ageing, and Social Capital"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Pagan
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Economics, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain
Visiting professor of London School of Economics, London, UK
Interests: health economics; labour economics; people with disabilities; the elderly; discrimination; working conditions; loneliness; sports; subjective well-being; women; time use; sleep; and tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce this Special Issue entitled “Disability, Ageing and Social Capital” for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). In recent decades, social inclusion of people with disabilities has attracted significant attention from policy makers, governments, disability organizations, health care professionals, and researchers, among others. According to the existing literature, people with disabilities are more likely than people without disabilities to report higher levels of social isolation, labour discrimination, unhappiness, loneliness and poverty. Within this context, this Special Issue seeks to shed further light on the relevance and contribution of the main components of social capital for the case of people with disabilities, particularly for those at older ages.   

Studies on the following topics are welcome for this Special Issue:

  • The association between social gatherings, leisure activities and well-being.
  • Contribution of active ageing to increasing social capital of older people with disabilities.
  • Comparative analyses. Comparisons including emerging and developing countries will be welcomed.
  • Assessment and comparison of loneliness scores by an international perspective.
  • Importance of labour status, social network composition, personality and household characteristics to explain the levels of social inclusion.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Pagan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • People with disabilities
  • Social gatherings
  • Leisure activities
  • Relational goods
  • Well-being
  • Active ageing
  • Loneliness
  • Labour status and working time
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Big five personality traits

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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