Wealth Accumulation and the Health of Union Army Veterans, 1860-1870.

  title={Wealth Accumulation and the Health of Union Army Veterans, 1860-1870.},
  author={Chulhee Lee},
  journal={The journal of economic history},
  volume={65 2},
  • Chulhee Lee
  • Published 2005 in The journal of economic history
How did the wartime health of Union Army recruits affect their wealth accumulation through 1870? Wounds and exposure to combat had strong negative effects on subsequent savings, as did illnesses while in the service. The impact of poor health was particularly strong for unskilled workers. Health was a powerful determinant of nineteenth-century economic mobility. Infectious diseases' influences on wealth accumulation suggest that the economic gains from the improvement of the disease environment… CONTINUE READING

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