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Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University

U.S. State Policy Contexts and the Risk of Death among Working-Age Adults
When Sep 27, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where HYBRID- in-person - 1101 Morrill Hall and online
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Americans die younger than people in many other high-income countries. Their risk of death is particularly high among working-age adults. We propose that dramatic changes in state policy contexts since the 1980s are a key part of the explanation. We analyze state-level data from 1999 to 2016 on mortality rates of working-age adults merged with data on 16 policy domains such as labor and taxes, where each domain was scored on a conservative to liberal continuum. We find that policy domains on gun safety, environment, LGBT, taxes, and labor most strongly predict all-cause mortality, and in each case a more liberal version predicted lower mortality. Model simulations indicate that changing all 16 policy domains in all states to a fully liberal orientation could have saved 126,000 lives in 2016, while changing them to a fully conservative orientation could have cost 210,000 lives. Taken together, our findings suggest that certain state policies are contributing to excess deaths among working-age adults.

About the Speaker

Dr. Montez is a Professor of Sociology, Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, Director of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at Syracuse University. Her research investigates the troubling trends in population health in the United States since the 1980s and the growing influence of state policies and politics on those trends. A major focus of this work has been understanding why the trends are particularly worrisome for women, for people without a college degree, and for those living in states in the South and Midwest. Her research on these topics has been funded by NIH, NSF, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Dr. Montez serves on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America and Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. She also serves on the editorial boards of Demography, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and The Milbank Quarterly. Dr. Montez earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Special Notice:  In discussions with Jennifer Karas Montez regarding attendance numbers, travel considerations and other uncertainties, Jennifer’s seminar on September 27th will now be held as a HYBRID seminar!  Please therefore register using either the link for the in person RSVP or using the registration link for the virtual zoom meeting.  Same seminar, but please register for the method you wish to attend.

Location IN PERSON: in 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Online via Zoom - Zoom Link to Register

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2021 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom(and now hybrid for select seminars).  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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