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Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life CycleEvidence from the Past$
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Dora L. Costa

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226116181

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226116198.001.0001

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The Effect of Hernias on the Labor Force Participation of Union Army Veterans

The Effect of Hernias on the Labor Force Participation of Union Army Veterans

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(p.253) 10 The Effect of Hernias on the Labor Force Participation of Union Army Veterans
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Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle
Author(s):
Chen Song, Louis L. Nguyen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226116198.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the labor supply implications of hernias, a specific chronic disability that can be extremely debilitating, and examines the retirement behavior of 3,406 older men. The Union Army (UA) health data in the Surgeons' Certificates file are longitudinal, because veterans could apply for the UA pension several times and be examined at different points in their lives. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 10.2 provides a medical background for the history and the treatment of hernias; Section 10.3 describes the UA sample; Section 10.4 offers an empirical framework; Section 10.5 analyzes the results; and Section 10.6 concludes.

Keywords:   labor supply, chronic disability, hernia, retirement behavior

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