Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 123–136 | Cite as

The future of sex mortality differentials in industrialized countries: A structural hypothesis

  • Constance A. Nathanson
  • Alan D. Lopez


This paper advances the hypothesis that the future of sex mortality differentials in industrialized countries may depend on the future mortality rates of blue collar men. Data are presented to support the argument that mortality rates from ischemic heart disease for this population subgroup play a significant role in current differentials and, furthermore, that sexsocial class-mortality differentials correspond to social structural differences in protection against and/or exposure to health risks. Research and policy implications of this argument are addressed briefly.


Mortality Rate Heart Disease Significant Role Health Risk Economic Policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Constance A. Nathanson
    • 1
  • Alan D. Lopez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Population DynamicsJohns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Global Epidemiological Surveillance and Health Situation Assessment, World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland

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