Derek Thompson comments on Barry Bosworth’s study of the connection between life expectancy and wealth.
“Here’s the money chart and it tells a really sad story. In the richest country in the world, the expected lifespan of middle- and lower-income women is actually declining. At every income level, more money means more life.”
“We don’t know the precise causal mechanism, but we know that the relationship is remarkably tight at every income level … I’ll leave it for you to decide, based on what we know about income and lifespans, whether a program that would necessarily make the low-income lower-income is one that deserves to be taken seriously as a moral document.”