Professors Case and Deaton are following up on their research … examining midlife mortality rates of white non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth cohort, and more.
Dividing the country into 1,000-plus regions, the authors find that the rate of “deaths of despair” (deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide) in midlife for white non-Hispanics rose in nearly every part of the country and at every level of urbanization—from deep rural areas to large central cities—hitting men and women similarly.
In 2000, the epidemic was centered in the southwest. By the mid-2000s it had spread to Appalachia, Florida, and the west coast. Today, it’s country-wide.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Working class white Americans are now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups | Brookings Institution
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