The Wealthier You Are the Longer You’ll Live

The Wall Street Journal recently published the findings of economist Barry Bosworth at the Brookings Institution which found that the richer you are, the longer you’ll live. And it’s a gap that is widening, particularly among women.

The Story for Women

The story found in the data regarding women is that they are living longer than men at every income level whether they were born in the 1920’s or 1940’s. However, while the wealthiest women from the 1940s are living longer, the poorest 40% are seeing life expectancy decline from the previous generation.

The Story for Men

The data shows that men of all incomes are living longer. Yet the data also shows that the life expectancy of the wealthy is growing much faster than the life expectancy of the poor.

Read the full article and findings from Barry Bosworth here.

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