Edited by Dora L. Costa

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:

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This concluding chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters. The chapters shared common themes, namely the relationship between socioeconomic factors and health; the relationship between infectious disease, environmental hazards, and migration and subsequent morbidity and mortality; and the roles of income, health, and social class in the retirement decision. They brought new data to bear on these questions and shared a common methodological approach: Large data sets that cover the life histories of past populations who lived under very different institutions, disease environments, and technologies than populations today can help us understand long-run trends in health and in health differentials, the impact of disease on morbidity and mortality, and migration and retirement decisions.

Keywords: socioeconomic factors; health; infectious disease; environmental hazards; migration; morbidity; mortality

Chapter.  2902 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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