Birth is the messenger of death – but policy may help to postpone the bad news

This paper reviews the existing knowledge about the relationship between health and SocioEconomic Status (SES) over the life course. It is well known that both life and health expectancies vary substantially between socioeconomic cohorts as well as between countries. The central question is what causes these differences.

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