America Is Getting Richer and Sicker

Justin Fox: “Per capita gross domestic product is much higher in the U.S. than in the other major developed economies, and no one really seems to be catching up.”

Life expectancy, on the other hand, is lower in the U.S. than in those same peer countries — and the gap has been growing.”

“In the past, one could argue that the diversity of the U.S., and its huge income disparities, helped explain the poor performance: Economically disadvantaged minority groups were dragging the average down. Recent research by Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, however, shows that since 1999 longevity gains have slowed most dramatically, and in some cases reversed, among white Americans.”

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