Divergence in American Life Expectancy

Washington, DC
Hosted By:
Brookings Institution

On June 29, The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a policy forum addressing trends in American life expectancy, including the recent life expectancy divergence for certain demographics. Opening remarks will be delivered by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, followed by framing remarks from Nobel Laureate Angus S. Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower professor of international affairs and professor of economics and international affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; and Anne Case, Alexander Stewart 1886 professor of economics and public affairs and director, Research Program in Development Studies (RPDS), Princeton University.

Following the framing remarks, a panel discussion will explore policy options that could extend life expectancy gains for more Americans. Panelists will include: David Cutler, Otto Eckstein professor of applied economics, Harvard University; Mark McClellan, director of the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University; James S. Marks, executive vice president, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Gary Burtless, The John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead chair and senior fellow, The Brookings Institution. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director, The Hamilton Project; senior fellow, The Brookings Institution, will moderate the discussion.

In conjunction with this event, The Hamilton Project will release a new framing paper on the evolution of life expectancy and opportunities to consolidate and extend life expectancy gains.