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Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States

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  • Janet Currie
  • Hannes Schwandt
  • Josselin Thuilliez

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We develop a method to compare levels and trends in inequality in mortality in the United States and France in a similar framework. The comparison shows that while income inequality has increased in both the United States and France, inequality in mortality in France remained remarkably low and stable. In the United States, inequality in mortality increased for older groups (especially women) while it decreased for children and young adults. These patterns highlight the fact that despite the strong cross-sectional relationship between income and health, there is no necessary connection between changes in income inequality and changes in health inequality.

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  • Janet Currie & Hannes Schwandt & Josselin Thuilliez, 2018. "Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States," NBER Working Papers 24623, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:24623
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    1. Radim Bohácek & Jesús Bueren & Laura Crespo & Pedro Mira & Josep Pijoan-Mas, 2018. "Inequality in Life Expectancies across Europe," Working Papers wp2018_1810, CEMFI.
    2. Libertad González & Ana Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 2018. "Changes in Inequality in Mortality: New Evidence for Spain," Working Papers 1050, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    3. Florian Bonnet & Hippolyte d'Albis, 2018. "Spatial Inequality in Mortality in France over the Past Two Centuries," PSE Working Papers halshs-01945918, HAL.

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    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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