Join Dr. Irma Elo, Professor of Sociology, for a discussion of the following question: Why is life expectancy in the United States falling behind other developed countries?
Dr. Elo's research interests center on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health and mortality across the life course and demographic estimation of mortality. In recent years, she has extended this focus to include health and mortality among racial/ethnic immigrant subgroups. She has studied socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in developed countries, the contribution of early life circumstances to health and mortality in later life, socioeconomic mortality inequalities, and the role of obesity and diabetes in mortality in the United States. She has also contributed to improved mortality estimates among African Americans, the contribution of causes of death to black-white differences in mortality, the role of return migration in the Hispanic mortality advantage, and health and mortality among the foreign born relative to their U.S. born counterparts.