Rationale: Approximately 8% of the U.S. population suffers from asthma, a chronic condition. It poses a substantial economic burden to society in the form of lost productivity and healthcare costs.

Objectives: We use the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2002–2010 to quantify the lifetime costs of asthma at each age, the impact of adult asthma on earnings and choice of occupation, and the impact of childhood asthma on parental income.

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