How Class Kills
Gaffney, A. W.http://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/11/case-deaton-study-death-rate-health-care/
Date Written: 2015-11-08
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX18164
A recent study showing rising mortality rates among middle-aged whites drives home the lethality of class inequality.
Case and Deaton's study complements a larger literature demonstrating that health inequality along class lines -- approximated by socioeconomic indicators like income and education -- is rising. While it's long been known that class affects health, decades of cross-class declines in mortality make this dynamic less obvious. Recent research, however, paints a different picture: with the historic rise in economic inequality, there's been an attendant increase in health inequality.