CANCELLED: Physician Bias and Racial Disparities in Health: Evidence from Veterans’ Pensions
- Columbia Population Research Center
This event has been cancelled.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | REGISTRATION REQUIRED
TREVON LOGAN, PHD
Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio State University
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC)
NOTE: This event will take place in Room 532 of the Mailman School of Public Health.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The mortality gap between blacks and whites in the United States has been well documented, but there is still considerable debate over why the gap has remained so large and why it has persisted over the last century. In a May 2019 paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Trevon Logan (bio), with Shari Eli and Boriana Miloucheva of the University of Toronto, explores these questions using unique data on black and white Civil War veterans to measure one of the earliest known incidences of physician bias against African Americans. At this CPRC seminar, Logan will present their findings showing that physician bias had large effects on income and longevity of blacks relative to whites and considers the ways in which doctor attitudes still contribute to the racial mortality gap today. After fighting for the Union during the Civil War, black veterans faced so much physician racism that it shortened their lives significantly.