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AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 1, February 2020

The Bulletin on Retirement and Disability

Summarizes research in the NBER's Retirement and Disability Research Center. A quarterly, it is distributed digitally and is free
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Opioid abuse is a pressing public health concern in the US. Deaths from opioids rose five-fold between 1999 and 2015, and the number of deaths from opioids each year is now twice that from homicides. The intensity of the crisis varies substantially across geographic areas, with hard-hit states such as West Virginia and Ohio experiencing eight to ten times as many opioid-related deaths per capita as California and Texas. While the magnitude of the crisis is fairly well...

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There is a strong socioeconomic gradient in health and disability among older Americans. Individuals with lower levels of education report more musculoskeletal pain and more depressive symptoms than do individuals with more education. As musculoskeletal pain and mental illness are the leading causes of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) receipt, it is important to gain a better understanding of differences in health across socioeconomic groups that may be affecting...
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Mental illness can involve cognitive dysfunction, including in the areas of attention, executive functioning, processing speed, and social cognition. These deficits, combined with the affective and motivational features of mental illness (such as depressive symptoms and reduced goal orientation), can diminish the labor market productivity of people with mental illnesses. The onset of certain mental illnesses in late adolescence and early adulthood can also disrupt education...

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