The measles vaccine was introduced in 1963. Take-up of the vaccine in the United States occurred quickly and universally, leading to reductions in morbidity and mortality. New biological evidence on how the measles virus interacts with our immune system indicates the impact of the measles vaccine may be underestimated. Using a difference-in-difference identification strategy, I find evidence the measles vaccine increased earnings and employment. Long-term follow-up of adults finds an increase in income of 1.1 percent and positive effects on employment. This increase in income is not from an increase in hours worked but rather from greater productivity.
"The Long-Term Effects of Measles Vaccination on Earnings and Employment."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Time Allocation and Labor Supply
Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials