Money can’t buy you love, but can it buy you life?

Raj Chetty et al. published a study of the correlation of class and life expectancy that got a lot of press, but I hadn’t actually looked at the original publication until this week. Here is the correlation between life expectancy and class:

Richer people live longer. And the gap between the life expectancy has been growing. It is visible even in just a 13 year time period:


MELI helps track both life expectancy and income and it would help track this kind of change.

Posted in Health, Inequality, Medianism, Public Finance
2 comments on “Money can’t buy you love, but can it buy you life?
  1. […] life expectancy, you can get a much better prediction by including risk factors.  People who earn more than the median income live a lot longer than poorer people in the US.  Other strong predictors include more education, […]

  2. […] decline in life expectancy is mainly affecting people who earn less than the median income as I wrote about earlier. Here is the relationship between life expectancy and economic […]

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