Journal Article Measuring Recent Apparent Declines In Longevity: The Role Of Increasing Educational Attainment
John Bound, Arline Geronimus, Javier M Rodriguez, Timothy A. Waidmann
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Independent researchers have reported an alarming decline in life expectancy among non-Hispanic whites not completing high school. However, because US educational attainment rose dramatically during the twentieth century this group is increasingly selective and not truly comparable over time. Classifying education in terms of relative rank, we found little evidence that mortality increased dramatically in the bottom quartile of the distribution, but mortality conditions for whites with low socioeconomic position are, at best, stagnant, and disparities between blacks and whites are entrenched. These findings underscore the urgency of a concerted health equity agenda and the importance of the health safety-net.
Research Areas Health and health care Aging and retirement Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Pensions Racial inequities in health
Policy Centers Health Policy Center