"Race/Ethnicity and Early Life Mortality in the United States"
The recent work of Professors Anne Case and Nobel Prize Winner Angus Deaton has spurred much media and scientific attention to the rising death rates of US young and middle aged white adults. But what about infants, children and youth living in the same U.S. context of high rates of poverty and continued racial/ethnic discrimination? Based on a recently funded NICHD grant to study this topic, this presentation focuses on racial/ethnic differences in early life mortality (ages 0-25) in the United States. How large are such differences in the contemporary United States? What are some of the key reasons why such differences continue to exist? Do group differences in socioeconomic status completely explain racial/ethnic differences in early life mortality? What are the outstanding questions in this area of study?
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