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

Edited by Chen Song and Louis L. Nguyen

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226116198.003.0010
The Effect of Hernias on the Labor Force Participation of Union Army Veterans

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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

Chapter.  20532 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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