Reflections on the Early Indicators Project

Edited by Larry T. Wimmer

in Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780226116181
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116198 | DOI:
Reflections on the Early Indicators Project

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This chapter narrates the beginnings and the development of the “Early Indicators of Later Work Levels, Disease, and Death” (EI) project, which proposed the collection of a life-cycle sample of 39,616 men mustered into 331 randomly selected companies of the Union Army. The sample is drawn from eight different federal record sources and is supported by additional information regarding local health, water conditions, and incidence of disease. Four of the eight records are the federal censuses of 1850, 1860, 1900, and 1910. The military records constitute the core of the sample, and include the Military Service Records, the Carded Medical Records, the Pension Records, and the Surgeons' Certificates.

Keywords: project development; data collection; life cycle; Union Army

Chapter.  4547 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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