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Raj Chetty, Stanford University

May 4, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

“The Relationship between Income and Life Expectancy: Local Area Variation in the United States, 2001-2014”

Abstract:  We examine inequality in life expectancy using 1.4 billion anonymous earnings and mortality records covering the U.S. population from 1999-2014. We present four main findings. First, higher income is associated with greater longevity throughout the income distribution. The richest 1% of American men live 15 years longer than the poorest 1%, while the richest 1% of American women live 10 years longer than the poorest 1%. Second, inequality in life expectancy has increased in recent years at the national level. From 2001-2014, the richest 5% of Americans gained approximately 3 years in longevity, but the poorest 5% experienced no gains. Third, life expectancy varies substantially across areas, especially for low-income individuals. Life expectancy varies by approximately 5 years between the areas with the highest and lowest longevity. Trends in life expectancy varied substantially across areas as well, ranging from gains of more than 4 years between 2001 and 2014, to losses of more than 2 years. Fourth, differences in life expectancy across areas for low-income individuals are highly correlated with differences in health behaviors such as smoking, obesity and exercise. In contrast, life expectancy for low-income Americans is not significantly correlated with measures of the quantity and quality of medical care, local income inequality, residential segregation, and labor market conditions. Low-income individuals tend to live the longest (and have the most healthful behaviors) in affluent cities with highly educated populations and high levels of government expenditures.

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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Seminar

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Proseminar Lunch: Prof. Jennie Brand, Ryan Cho, Dylan Connor, Ravaris Moore, Amanda Nguyen, Ben Smith and Chad Stecher

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Prof. Manisha Shah

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Prof. Leah Boustan

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Prof. Moshe Buchinsky

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Prof. Till Von Wachter

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Prof. Adriana Lleras-Muney

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Date:
May 4, 2016
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
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CCPR Seminar Room
4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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CCPR Seminars
Email:
seminars@ccpr.ucla.edu

Details

Date:
May 4, 2016
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
Event Category:
View Event Website

Venue

CCPR Seminar Room
4240 Public Affairs Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Organizer

CCPR Seminars
Email:
seminars@ccpr.ucla.edu
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