September 20, 2012

Samuel Preston - "Causes of Lagging Life Expectancy in the United States"

The United States has fallen far behind its peers in life expectancy. This talk describes the deficit and attempts to explain what has gone wrong. The factors considered include the health care system, cigarette smoking, obesity, and violence.

Samuel Preston's major research interest is in the health of populations. He has written primarily about mortality trends and patterns in large aggregates, including twentieth century mortality transitions and black/white differentials in the United States. Recent research has focused on the mortality effects of cigarette smoking and obesity in developed countries.

The luncheon will begin at 12pm on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. Cost and University Club details.