CPRC Seminar - September 8th

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to the first seminar of Fall 2016:


"Inequality in Mortality Over the Life Course: Why Things Are Not as Bad as You Think"

presented by

Janet Currie

Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Policy Affairs

Chair, Department of Economics

Director, Center for Health and Well-Being


Thursday, September 8th, 2016

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Room 1109

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

(between 121st Street and 122nd Street)


Videoconference is available at:

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street, Room 492


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/rsvp

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



Many recent reports have documented increasing inequality in mortality in the U.S.  However, these reports focus on those who are middle-aged or older.  We focus on age-specific county-level mortality rates across the life course in in 1990, 2000, and 2010.  We find that inequality in mortality between rich and poor counties declined strongly among infants and children of either gender as well as among young adult males up to age 30.  However, between age 30 and 45 (for males) and between age 20 and 45 (for females) mortality rates were stagnant, and even increasing in some areas resulting in little change in mortality inequality.  Among older adults, mortality has continued to decline, though declines are generally greatest in the richest counties, consistent with increasing inequality in mortality.  The reduction in mortality inequality among the young is striking and suggests that social policy aimed at improving the lot of poor children has been effective.



Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well-Being as well as the Chair of the Department of Economics at Princeton. She also directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, and on environmental threats to children’s health.


For additional information regarding the Fall 2016 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars