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

Terrence Hill, Andrew Jorgenson

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalHealth and Place
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Fixed effects
  • Gender
  • Income inequality
  • Life expectancy
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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