Social Differences in Older Adult Mortality in the United States: Questions, Data, Methods, and Results

  • John R. Wilmoth
  • Michael Dennis
Part of the International Studies in Population book series (ISIP, volume 4)

Life expectancy at birth in the United States is among the lowest in the industrialized world (Population Reference Bureau 2000). In addition, variability in the timing of death seems to be much greater than in other wealthy nations (Wilmoth and Horiuchi 1999). One plausible hypothesis is that average longevity in the U.S. is relatively low because of greater inequality of health and mortality across the American population, so that the most disadvantaged groups pull down the average for the society as a whole. Thus, a thorough analysis of social differences in American mortality seems essential for a better understanding of the country’s international ranking in terms of life expectancy.


Current Population Survey Adult Mortality Residential Segregation Mortality Differential Mortality Difference 
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  • Michael Dennis
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  1. 1.Department of DemographyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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