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Life expectancy in the U.S.

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From John Komlos – http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue97/Komlos97.pdf A good economy would not have 150,000 deaths of despair a year with life expectancy declining even before Covid (Figure 7) (Case and Deaton, 2020). When traditional social structures of support dissolved for working class whites there was nothing to take their place and despair accumulated. The family was gone, the unions were gone, neighborly love was gone, the churches were no longer relevant, the government looked the other way, and the gig economy did not offer enough income to succeed in the marriage market. For these folks there was nothing to grasp onto except a bottle, the trigger, or a hypodermic needle. Source: (Arias and Xu, 2019, Xu et al, 2020, Arias, Tejada-Vera, Ahmad, 2021).Note: The estimate for

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from John Komlos – http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue97/Komlos97.pdf

A good economy would not have 150,000 deaths of despair a year with life expectancy declining even before Covid (Figure 7) (Case and Deaton, 2020). When traditional social structures of support dissolved for working class whites there was nothing to take their place and despair accumulated. The family was gone, the unions were gone, neighborly love was gone, the churches were no longer relevant, the government looked the other way, and the gig economy did not offer enough income to succeed in the marriage market. For these folks there was nothing to grasp onto except a bottle, the trigger, or a hypodermic needle.

Life expectancy in the U.S.

Source: (Arias and Xu, 2019, Xu et al, 2020, Arias, Tejada-Vera, Ahmad, 2021).
Note: The estimate for 2020 pertains to the first half of the year.

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