Population Reference Bureau Research Brief Highlights Research by Mark Hayward, Robert Hummer and Chi-Tsun Chiu

Wed, July 17, 2013

A recent Population Reference Bureau research brief, "Exploring the Paradox of U.S. Hispanics' Longer Life Expectancy," draws on work by Mark Hayward, Robert Hummer and Chi-Tsun Chiu.  Mark Hayward is quoted frequently in the piece that explores the Hispanic Epidemiological Paradox.  For instance, Professor Hayward says,

"Infant and adult mortality rates are strongly associated with income and education levels. People who have low incomes and lack high school degrees have very high mortality rates compared to people with high incomes and education."  Because Hispanics have lower mortality than would be expected based on their lower average income and education compared to non-Hispanic Whites, we have to ask, "How do U.S. Hispanics defy the odds?"

The piece goes on to say that:

Hayward expects the Hispanic advantage in life expectancy to diminish somewhat over time because "there's strong evidence that the second generation Hispanics [the U.S.-born children of foreign-born immigrants] become acculturated and adopt behaviors such as smoking." Their health is more consistent with their education and poverty levels, more similar to non-Hispanic whites and African Americans, he said.

"We see a big divide by nativity among Hispanics; the Hispanic paradox is mostly a story about the foreign born," he said.

Read the entire brief here.

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