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Does U.S. Health Inequality Reflect Income Inequality—or Something Else?

Maxim L. Pinkovskiy

No 20191015, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: Health is an integral part of well-being. The United Nations Human Development Index uses life expectancy (together with GDP per capita and literacy) as one of three key indicators of human welfare across the world. In this post, I discuss the state of life expectancy inequality in the United States and examine some of the underlying factors in its evolution over the past several decades.

Keywords: income; inequality; health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-10-15
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