You often hear that life expectancy is lower in the US than in many other developed countries — and that health care is the critical ingredient. The first is true, the second probably not. One striking fact about the US: an unusually large number of young people die — more than twice as in Germany or Japan — many of them from car accidents or violence. Here’s the evidence, courtesy of The Economist. To be clear: all of these “mortality rates” for young people are low, but they’re lower elsewhere, and they have a significant impact on life expectancy.
The link is part of The Economist’s graph-a-day calendar for December. Chris Telmer sent me the link, and I thought they were great. If you have favorites, pass them on and we’ll follow up.
Ariel Pakes recommends a paper by David Cutler.