IN 2015 Anne Case and Angus Deaton, economists from Princeton University, revealed that white, middle-aged Americans with limited education were dying in greater numbers, while people of other ethnic groups and in other countries were living longer. But it is not only Americans at the tail end of the baby boom who are dying too soon. Young adults in America die at far higher rates than in other developed countries. And, as with older Americans, progress against young mortality in America over the past two decades has been slow. In 1999, the death rate for those aged between 20 and 24 was 91 per 100,000. In 2015, the latest figures show, that had barely declined to 89 per 100,000.
In 2012, when George Patton from the University of Melbourne and his colleagues reported international mortality data among young people, the annual death rate for men aged between 20 and 24 was 144 per 100,000. For women of the same age, the death rate was 48 per 100,000. The male-female gap was similarly large in many European countries, but overall death rates for the age group were about half the size. In Germany, for example, young men died at a rate of 60 per 100,000 and women at a rate of...Continue reading