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Josselin Thuilliez

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne,
75013 Paris, France

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May 2018Pauvreté, Egalité, Mortalité: Mortality (In)Equality in France and the United States
with Janet Currie, Hannes Schwandt: w24623
We develop a method to compare levels and trends in inequality in mortality in the United States and France in a similar framework. The comparison shows that while income inequality has increased in both the United States and France, inequality in mortality in France remained remarkably low and stable. In the United States, inequality in mortality increased for older groups (especially women) while it decreased for children and young adults. These patterns highlight the fact that despite the strong cross-sectional relationship between income and health, there is no necessary connection between changes in income inequality and changes in health inequality.
 
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