DP12935 Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States

Author(s): Janet Currie, Hannes Schwandt, Josselin Thuilliez
Publication Date: May 2018
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Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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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 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.