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Christopher F. Roudiez

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August 2016Union Army Veterans, All Grown Up
with Dora L. Costa, Heather DeSomer, Eric Hanss, Sven E. Wilson, Noelle Yetter: w22497
This paper overviews the research opportunities made possible by a NIA-funded program project, Early Indicators, Intergenerational Processes, and Aging. Data collection began almost three decades ago on 40,000 soldiers from the Union Army in the US Civil War. The sample contains extensive demographic, economic, and medical data from childhood to death. In recent years, a large sample of African-American soldiers and an oversampling of soldiers from major US cities have been added. Hundreds of historical maps containing public health data have been geocoded to place soldiers and their family members in a geospatial context. With newly granted funding, thousands of veterans will be linked to the demographic information available from the census and vital records of their children.

Published: Dora L. Costa & Heather DeSomer & Eric Hanss & Christopher Roudiez & Sven E. Wilson & Noelle Yetter, 2017. "Union Army veterans, all grown up," Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, vol 50(2), pages 79-95.

July 2016Persistent Social Networks: Civil War Veterans who Fought Together Co-Locate in Later Life
with Dora L. Costa, Matthew E. Kahn, Sven Wilson: w22397
At the end of the U.S Civil War, veterans had to choose whether to return to their prewar communities or move to new areas. The late 19th Century was a time of sharp urban growth as workers sought out the economic opportunities offered by cities. By estimating discrete choice migration models, we quantify the tradeoffs that veterans faced. Veterans were less likely to move far from their origin and avoided urban immigrant areas and high mortality risk areas. They also avoided areas that opposed the Civil War. Veterans were more likely to move to a neighborhood or a county where men from their same war company lived. This co-location evidence highlights the existence of persistent social networks. Such social networks had long-term consequences: veterans living close to war time friends enj...

Published: Dora L. Costa & Matthew E. Kahn & Christopher Roudiez & Sven Wilson, 2017. "Persistent Social Networks: Civil War Veterans Who Fought Together Co-Locate in Later Life," Regional Science and Urban Economics, .

 
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