Friday, September 21, 2012

about the shrinking life expectancy of less-educated US whites

Because it's the New York Times, you should expect a failure to analyze the role of class in Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking, but the data's interesting. They note:
The steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma, who lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008, said S. Jay Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead investigator on the study, published last month in Health Affairs. By 2008, life expectancy for black women without a high school diploma had surpassed that of white women of the same education level, the study found. White men lacking a high school diploma lost three years of life. Life expectancy for both blacks and Hispanics of the same education level rose, the data showed.
Black poverty is more urban, which probably translates to better health care than the rural poor get.