U.S. Racial Inequality May Be as Deadly as COVID-19

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing a catastrophic increase in U.S. mortality. How does the scale of this pandemic compare to another U.S. catastrophe: racial inequality? Using demographic models, I estimate how many excess white deaths would raise U.S. white mortality to the bestever (lowest) U.S. Black level under alternative, plausible assumptions about the age patterning of excess mortality in 2020. I find that nearly 400,000 excess white deaths would be needed to equal the best...
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