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Bring out your dead!: A study of income inequality and life expectancy in the United States, 2000–2010

Date Added to Library: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 09:41
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.11.001
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Hill, Terrence D.
Jorgenson, Andrew
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Published Date: 
January 2018
Published Date (Text): 
January 2018
Publication: 
Health & Place
Volume: 
49
Page Range: 
1-6
Year: 
2018
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Abstract: 

We test whether income inequality undermines female and male life expectancy in the United States. We employ data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and two-way fixed effects to model state-level average life expectancy as a function of multiple income inequality measures and time-varying characteristics. We find that state-level income inequality is inversely associated with female and male life expectancy. We observe this general pattern across four measures of income inequality and under the rigorous conditions of state-specific and year-specific fixed effects. If income inequality undermines life expectancy, redistribution policies could actually improve the health of states. (Author abstract)

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