Lerner Faculty Affiliate and Sociology Professor Jennifer Karas Montez was interviewed in this Huffington Post article about her new research study showing that conservative state policies have led to declines in life expectancy of residents in conservative states. “Across a huge range of issues, the more liberal version of state policies predicts longer life expectancy and the conservative version predicts shorter life expectancy,” said Jennifer Karas Montez, a sociologist at Syracuse University and the study’s lead author. Passing tougher regulations on tobacco and guns while enhancing labor rights and pay could extend U.S. life expectancy by as much as 2.8 years for women and 2.1 years for men. “Our findings are very powerful and very consistent,” Montez said.
To read Karas Montez’s Lerner Center research brief that summarizes the study’s findings, click here: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/08/04/rb-28/.