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January 2005Work and the Disability Transition in 20th Century America
with Joseph Burton, Benjamin Howell: w11036
Using data from Union Army pensioners and from the National Health Interview Surveys, we estimate that work-disability among white males aged 45-64 was 3.5 times as high in the late 19th century than at the end of the 20th century, including a decline and flattening of the age-profile since 1970. We present a descriptive model of disability that can account for a) the secular decline in prevalence; b) changes in slope of the age-profile; and c) periods of increasing prevalence. The high level and relatively flat slope of the historical disability age-profile is consistent with the early onset of chronic conditions and with high mortality associated with a subset of those conditions. We show that many common conditions in the 19th century have been either eliminated, delayed to later ages, ...
January 2003The Prevalence of Chronic Respiratory Disease in the Industrial Era.The United States, 1895–1910
in Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past, Dora L. Costa, editor
The Height of Union Army Recruits. Family and Community Influences
with Clayne L. Pope
in Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past, Dora L. Costa, editor

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