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Agricultural Decline and the Secular Rise in Male Retirement Rates

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  • Dora L. Costa

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Explanations for the decline in labor force participation rates of older men prior to 1950 have focused on the sectoral shift from agriculture to manufacturing. Labor force participation rates of men living in farm households have been consistently higher than those of men living in non-farm households. The decline in the size of the agricultural sector has coincided with the rise in male retirement rates. Using a new, longitudinal data set I argue that, at the beginning of the twentieth century, men who were farmers were no less likely to retire than men who were not farmers. Past researchers, who examined cross-sectional data, were misled because retired farmers often migrated from their farms. The findings have implications for the secular decline of fertility.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Historical Working Papers with number 0055.

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Date of creation: Apr 1994
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Publication status: published as Explorations in Economic History, October 1995, Volume 32, Number 4, pp. 54 0-522
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberhi:0055

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  1. Chulhee Lee, 1999. "Sectoral Shift and Labor Force Participation of Older Males in the United States, 1880-1940," Working Paper Series no25, Institute of Economic Research, Seoul National University.
  2. Messina, Julian, 2006. "The role of product market regulations in the process of structural change," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(7), pages 1863-1890, October.
  3. Lee, Chulhee, 1999. "Farm Value and Retirement of Farm Owners in Early-Twentieth-Century America," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 387-408, October.
  4. Tayatat Kanjanapipatkul, 2003. "Pensions and Labor Force Participation of Civil War Veterans," NBER Chapters, in: Health and Labor Force Participation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from the Past, pages 231-252 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Messina, Julián, 2003. "Sectoral Structure and Entry Regulations," IZA Discussion Papers 747, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Chulhee Lee, 2003. "Labor Market Status of Older Males in the United States, 1880-1940," NBER Working Papers 9550, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Susan B. Carter & Richard Sutch, 1995. "Fixing the Facts: Editing of the 1880 U.S. Census of Occupations with Implications for Long-Term Trends and the Sociology of Official Statistics," NBER Historical Working Papers 0074, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. Susan B. Carter & Richard Sutch, 1995. "Myth of the Industrial Scrap Heap: A Revisionist View of Turn-of-the- Century American Retirement," NBER Historical Working Papers 0073, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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