clues to understanding cross-national differences that emerge later in life. The chapter’s examination of health under age 50 was supplemented with a review of the rich literature on health differences among individuals over age 50, a period of life when chronic illness becomes more prevalent. Given the breadth of material covered in Chapter 2, the panel had to be much more parsimonious in its approach to indicators and data sources.
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