Life Expectancy Down for Those Without a College Degree

Between 1990 and 2018, the U.S. adult life expectancy gap widened between those with and without a college degree but narrowed based on race, according to a study published in the March 16 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Anne Case, Ph.D., and Angus Deaton, Ph.D., both from Princeton University in New Jersey, and colleagues examined overall mortality in the United States (1990 to 2018), and assuming constant mortality rates at each age in each year, they calculated how long a 25-year-old could expect to live up to age 75 years. Differences by educational attainment were evaluated.

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