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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Disability Group Meeting

NBER had an ongoing project on the foundations of disability decline, what could be done to extend and accelerate future improvements in functional ability, and how the benefits of disability decline could be evaluated in economic terms. A group of economists, demographers, epidemiologists, and physicians examined the causes and characteristics of past disability trends to identify the core foundations of disability decline, and moved towards improving functional ability in the future. Four research strategies have been identified: 1) Characterizing disability decline; 2) Pathways to disability; 3) Health conditions that lead to disability; and 4) Economic and labor market implications of disability decline. 

A summary of this meeting is available upon request. Please contact BSRQuery@mail.nih.gov.