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Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past

by Dora L. Costa University of Chicago Press
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The rise in life expectancies and retirement rates in the twentieth century has had dramatic impacts. Forecasting future trends in health and retirement rates, as we must do now, requires that we investigate underlying long-term trends and their causes. To that end, this book draws on new data--an extensive longitudinal survey of Union Army veterans who were born between and --to examine the factors that affected health and labor force participation in nineteenth-century America.Contributors consider the impacts of social class, wealth, occupation, family, and community on morbidity and mortality. Special topics include investigations of the influence of previous exposure to infectious disease, migration, and community factors such as lead in water mains. The papers also analyze the roles of income, health, and social class in retirement decisions, paying particular attention to the social context of disability.Economists and historians who specialize in demography or labor, as well as those who study public health, will welcome the unique contributions offered by this book.