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Child mortality as major factor in lifespan inequality gap

graphic depiction of the life cycle
Jul 20 2016

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Around the world people have been living longer, with life expectancy pushing past 70 in many countries. However, people aren’t simply living longer on average: Inequality among individuals in the length of life has shrunk over time.

Now, a new Stanford study, co-authored by Biology Professor Shripad Tuljapurkar and student Gabi Greenberg, shows that reducing child mortality in a society also reduces the gap between those people who die earlier than expected and those who live longer on average.