Mortality Inequality in Canada and the U.S.: Divergent or Convergent Trends?
Mortality is a crucial indicator of wellbeing and recent mortality trends have been a subject of public debate in many Western countries. This paper compares mortality inequality in Canada and the U.S. over the period 1990/91 through 2010/11. In Canada, mortality inequality remained constant among the youngest, but increased for men over 24 and for women over 14. In contrast, in the U.S. mortality inequality fell for children and youth, while at older ages it either modestly decreased or held steady. By 2010/11 the initially higher U.S. rates of infant and child mortality had almost converged to their Canadian counterparts.
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23514
Forthcoming: Inequality in Mortality Over the Life Course: A Comparison of the U.S. and Canada, Michael Baker, Janet Currie, Hannes Schwandt. in Public Policies in Canada and the United States, Oreopoulos and Card. 2017
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