The Milbank Quarterly

How State Policy Trends May Be Driving State Life Expectancy

How State Policy Trends May Be Driving State Life Expectancy

Around 1980, the United States started lagging other high-income countries on life expectancy, and life expectancy trends began diverging widely by state. Jennifer Karas Montez, a sociologist at Syracuse University, and her colleagues wanted to find out why. In this episode, she discusses the results of a Milbank Quarterly study that found more liberal state policies, such as a higher minimum wage, are generally associated with longer life expectancy.

Duration: 14 min

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