Just when we thought we were all middle class, the Academy of Sciences caved in and said the P word, about six weeks before the big election.
Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S.
By Sabrina Travernis, New York Times.
(EXCERPTS) The latest estimate shows life expectancy for (American) white women without a high school diploma is 73.5 years, compared with 83.9 years for white women with a college degree or more. For white men, the gap was even bigger: 67.5 years for the least educated compared with 80.4 for those with a college degree or better.
Researchers said they were baffled by the magnitude of the drop.
“There’s this enormous issue of why,” said David Cutler, an economics professor at Harvard. “It’s very puzzling and we don’t have a great explanation.”
The slump is so vexing…
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