Understanding mid-life and older age mortality declines : evidence from Union Army veterans

  title={Understanding mid-life and older age mortality declines : evidence from Union Army veterans},
  author={Dora L. Costaa},
  • Dora L. Costaa
  • Published 2001
Infectious disease earlier in life had a scarring e+ect on older age mortality among those reaching middle age around 1900, with the strongest negative e+ect on survival of having grown up in a large city. The e+ect of reduced early life and young adult infectious disease rates accounts for 13% of the 21 percentage point increase in survival rates among 50–64 year old males in the 20th century. Reductions in mortality from infectious and other acute disease account for another 13% of the… CONTINUE READING


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