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Title:The in-hospital mortality rates of slaves and freemen: evidence from Touro infirmary, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1855 - 1860 PDF Logo
Authors:Pritchett, Jonathan
Yun, Myeong-Su
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3652
Abstract:Using a rich sample of admission records from New Orleans Touro Infirmary, we examine the in-hospital mortality risk of free and enslaved patients. Despite a higher mortality rate in the general population, slaves were significantly less likely to die in the hospital than the whites. We analyze the determinants of in-hospital mortality at Touro using Oaxaca-type decomposition to aggregate our regression results. After controlling for differences in characteristics and maladies, we find that much of the mortality gap remains unexplained. In conclusion, we propose an alternative explanation for the mortality gap based on the selective hospital admission of slaves.
Subjects:Slavery
hospital
Oaxaca-type decomposition
New Orleans
Touro
JEL:N31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20080828127
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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