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US regional and national cause-specific mortality and trends in income inequality: descriptive findings

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  • FFF1John NNN1Lynch

    (University of Michigan Ann Arbor)

  • FFF2George NNN2Davey Smith

    (University of Bristol)

  • FFF2Jim NNN2Dunn

    (St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto)

  • FFF2Sam NNN2Harper

    (University of Michigan Ann Arbor)

  • FFF2Nancy NNN2Ross

    (McGill University, Montreal)

  • FFF2Michael NNN2Wolfson

    (University of Ottawa)

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    Abstract

    We examined the concordance of income inequality trends with 30-year US regional trends in cause-specific mortality and 100-year trends in heart disease and infant mortality. The evidence suggests that any effects of income inequality on population health trends cannot be reduced to simple processes that operate across all contexts and in all time periods. If income inequality does indeed drive population health, it implies that income inequality would have to be linked and de-linked across different time periods, with different exposures to generate the observed heterogeneous trends and levels in the causes of mortality shown here.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research Special Collections.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 8 (April)
    Pages: 183-228

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:drspec:v:2:y:2004:i:8

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    Keywords: cause-specific mortality; income; income inequality; mortality; population health; trends; USA;

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    1. Vladimir M. Shkolnikov & Evgueni M. Andreev & Zhen Zhang & James E. Oeppen & James W. Vaupel, 2009. "Losses of expected lifetime in the US and other developed countries: methods and empirical analyses," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2009-042, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    2. Vladimir Shkolnikov & Evgeny Andreev & Zhen Zhang & James Oeppen & James Vaupel, 2011. "Losses of Expected Lifetime in the United States and Other Developed Countries: Methods and Empirical Analyses," Demography, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 211-239, February.

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