Life Expectancy by Socio-Economic Group

Life Expectancy: Past and Future Variations by Socio-Economic Group in England & Wales.

Despite the efforts of successive UK Governments to narrow the gap, differences in life expectancy by socio-economic group have continued to widen. Understanding the reasons for these changes should help the forecasting of life expectancy for the whole population in future.

This paper Life Expectancy: Past and Future Variations by Socio-Economic Group in England & Wales is a first step. In it we set out evidence and examine some important issues such as the social determinants of health.

It is being published because the Panel is keen to share its conclusions with others and to support the continuing debate about the many implications of changing demographics. In addition, the Panel is very keen to hear from others working on any related research which can aid understanding and be recognised in our future work. Please email us at longevity@landg.com if you wish to do so. Unfortunately we are not able to respond to every comment.

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"If there is a continued sharp improvement in longevity, it will open up all sorts of public issues."