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Quiz question: Life expectancy trend

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The question was: What has happened to the gap between life expectancy levels for better-educated and less-educated U.S. residents, and between higher-income and lower-income U.S. residents, in recent years?

a) It has narrowed dramatically
b) It has narrowed a little
c) It is about the same
d) It has widened

The answer is: d), according to researchers the Congressional Budget Office. In 2000, for example, the difference in life expectancy at age 65 between members of the highest and lowest socioeconomic U.S. groups had increased to 1.6 years. That’s up from 0.3 years in 1980, the CBO researchers write. See our related article


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