The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014

In the United States between 2001 and 2014, higher income was associated with greater longevity, and differences in life expectancy across income groups increased over time. However, the association between life expectancy and income varied substantially across areas; differences in longevity across income groups decreased in some areas and increased in others. The differences in life expectancy were correlated with health behaviors and local area characteristics.

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Raj Chetty,
Michael Stepner,
Sarah Abraham,
Shelby Lin,
Benjamin Scuderi,
Nicholas Turner,
Augustin Bergeron,
David Cutler
Journal of the American Medical Association
Publication Date: 
April 2016