Life expectancy gap between better and less educated in US widensBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a125 (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1155
- Roger Dobson
The gap in life expectancy between highly educated and less educated people in the United States has grown dramatically. Almost all gains in life expectancy over the past two decades have occurred among highly educated people, according to a new study of national life expectancy data and mortality trends (Health Affairs 2008:27;350-60).
Gaps in life expectancy related to education increased by about 30% between 1981 and 2000. The authors calculate that in 2000, life expectancy for a …