U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

The United States’ white working class has bucked the global trend of improved mortality rates in past few years as factors like increasing incidents of suicide and addiction to opioids claimed more lives.

Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University wrote in a 2015 research paper that the white working class in the U.S. were experiencing growing mortality rates, while other groups including white Americans with college degrees were having falling mortality rates. Now, they have expanded on that research to better understand that trend.

In their new study, they wrote, “Ultimately, we see our story as about the collapse of the white, high school educated, and working class after its heyday in the early 1970s, and the pathologies that accompany that decline.”

As per the report, white non-Hispanic Americans of all ages showed a higher mortality rate from 1999 to 2015. Mortality rate among Americans aged 25-29 jumped from 145.7 deaths per 100,000 in 1999 to a whopping 266.2 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.

For people aged 40 to 44, the mortality rate jumped from 332.2 deaths per 100,000 to 471.4 deaths per 100,000 during the same period of time.

The alarming findings of the new study were reported in the Thursday (March 24th) edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.


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