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Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle – Evidence from the Past - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past

Dora L. Costa


The twentieth century saw significant increases in both life expectancy and retirement rates—changes that have had dramatic impacts on nearly every aspect of society and the economy. Forecasting future trends in health and retirement rates, as we must do now, requires investigation of such long-term trends and their causes. To that end, this book draws on new data—an extensive longitudinal survey of Union Army veterans born between 1820 and 1850—to examine the factors that affected health and labor force participation in nineteenth-century America. Contributors consider the impacts of a variet ... More

Keywords: life expectancy, retirement rates, society, economy, health, longitudinal survey, Union Army veterans, labor force participation, nineteenth-century America, social class

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226116181
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226116198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dora L. Costa, editor

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