The Myth of Increasing Life Expectancy and Its Social Policy Implications
Journal of Sociological Research
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This paper examines official life expectancy data and its contribution to the myth of increasing longevity in the US; critiques common assumptions by comparing average life expectancy with age-specific death rates and ties the conventional view to mis-placed calls for Social Security and retirement reform based on official statistics.
life expectancy, social inequality, official statistics, demography, retirement
Parker, R. E.,
Achaval, V. G.
The Myth of Increasing Life Expectancy and Its Social Policy Implications.
Journal of Sociological Research, 8(2),