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White, non-Hispanic mortality rates in the US.

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  • White, non-Hispanic mortality rates in the US.

    An interesting followup to the original paper
    What our data show is that the patterns of mortality and morbidity for white nonHispanics
    without a college degree move together over lifetimes and birth cohorts, and that
    they move in tandem with other social dysfunctions, including the decline of marriage, social
    isolation, and detachment from the labor force. Figure 3.3 suggests that there may be
    two underlying factors, not one, but they are not very different, and we do not press that
    conclusion. Whether these factors (or factor) are “the cause” is more a matter of semantics
    than statistics. The factor could certainly represent some force that we have not identified,
    or we could try to make a case that declining real wages is more fundamental than other
    forces. Better, we can see globalization and automation as the underlying deep causes. Ultimately,
    we see our story as about the collapse of the white, high school educated, working
    class after its heyday in the early 1970s, and the pathologies that accompany that decline.
    In the realm of spirit, seek clarity; in the material world, seek utility.