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The Trend in the Rate of Labor Force Participation of Older Men, 1870-1930: A Review of the Evidence

Roger L. Ransom, Richard Sutch

NBER Historical Working Paper No. 3
Issued in May 1989
NBER Program(s):Development of the American Economy

We present new evidence to support our earlier finding that there was no appreciable trend in the rate of retirement for American men between 1870 and 1930. The data suggests that Jon Moen's claim that retirement increased appreciably during this period is mistaken. Moen's critique of our earlier paper is also examined point by point. We demonstrate that his doubts about our procedures are unnecessary.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/h0003

Published: Journal of Economic History, vol. 49, March 1989, pp. 170-183.

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