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Life expectancy in the U.S.

from John Komlos – http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue97/Komlos97.pdf

A good economy would not have 150,000 deaths of despair a year with life expectancy declining even before Covid (Figure 7) (Case and Deaton, 2020). When traditional social structures of support dissolved for working class whites there was nothing to take their place and despair accumulated. The family was gone, the unions were gone, neighborly love was gone, the churches were no longer relevant, the government looked the other way, and the gig economy did not offer enough income to succeed in the marriage market. For these folks there was nothing to grasp onto except a bottle, the trigger, or a hypodermic needle.

Komlos Oct 10

Source: (Arias and Xu, 2019, Xu et al, 2020, Arias, Tejada-Vera, Ahmad, 2021).
Note: The estimate for 2020 pertains to the first half of the year.

  1. October 11, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    You should adjust the post-vaccine average life expectancy of a newborn, to the fact that in 2020 the world suffered a Covid-19 virus which, pre-vaccine, was especially mortal for the grey-haired older, the snow on top of the mountain.

  2. Ken Zimmerman
    October 17, 2021 at 10:25 am

    “Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. CDC said on June 21, 2021” Reuters. If only the US could have done a better job of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. And that failure is on one and only one person, Donald Trump.

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