Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump voters & excess mortality

A year ago, Jeff Guo ran a nice study for WaPo's Wonkblog where he looked at county-level data on primary vote shares for Donald Trump (Y) partially explained by the mortality rate among white non-Hispanics aged 40-64 (X).  His Stata output was included in this tweet.  

Although he didn't look at opioid mortality specifically, that's been the undercurrent since Case and Deaton's study hit in Fall 2015.  On a wry note, make sure to read Ellen Meara and Jon Skinner in the same issue, who discuss the eery parallel (which isn't a perfect one) to Russia.