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  • Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycleby Dora L. Costa

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 45.00

    The twentieth century saw significant increases in both life expectancy and retirement rates-changes that have had dramatic impacts on nearly every aspect of society and the economy. Forecasting future trends in health and retirement rates, as we must do now, requires investigation of such long-term trends and their causes. To that end, this book... more...

  • The Evolution of Retirementby Dora L. Costa

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    Winner of the 1998 Paul A. Samuelson Award given by TIAA-CREF, The Evolution of Retirement is the first comprehensive economic history of retirement in America. With life expectancies steadily increasing, the retirement rate of men over age 64 has risen drastically. Dora L. Costa looks at factors underlying this increase and shows the dramatic implications... more...

  • Heroes and Cowardsby Dora L. Costa; Matthew E. Kahn

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 27.95

    When are people willing to sacrifice for the common good? What are the benefits of friendship? How do communities deal with betrayal? And what are the costs and benefits of being in a diverse community? Using the life histories of more than forty thousand Civil War soldiers, Dora Costa and Matthew Kahn answer these questions and uncover the vivid... more...

  • Understanding Long-Run Economic Growthby Dora L. Costa; Naomi R. Lamoreaux

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 45.00

    The conditions for sustainable growth and development are among the most debated topics in economics, and the consensus is that institutions matter greatly in explaining why some economies are more successful than others over time. Probing the long-term effects of early colonial differences on immigration policy, land distribution, and financial... more...

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