Social Policy

Retirement, Saving and Pensions

A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in Oakland, California (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith).


The rising longevity gap between rich and poor Americans

May 3, 2016, Gary Burtless

The past few months have seen a flurry of reports on discouraging trends in life expectancy among some of the nation’s struggling populations. Different researchers have emphasized different groups and have tracked longevity trends over different time spans, but all have documented conspicuous differences between trends among more advantaged Americans compared with those in worse circumstances. 

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