Why Do Mortality Disparities Persist?

Richard Miech, Fred Pampel, Jinyoung Kim, Richard G. Rogers

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Inequality is a major cause of death in the United States. In 2007 death rates were 2.7 times as high for people with less than a high school diploma than for those with at least some college education (Xu et al. 2010). Evidence indicates that mortality disparities by education, a key measure of socioeconomic status (SES) (see Mirowsky and Ross 2003; Smith 2004; Williams 1990), have widened in recent decades (e.g., Ahmedin et al. 2008; Preston and Elo 1995). We expect that in recent decades mortality disparities by education have persisted and may even have widened.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Stratification
Subtitle of host publicationClass, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780429963193
ISBN (Print)9780429494642
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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