Americans suffer worse health and shorter lives than do people in most other high-income countries. The poor health and early death of many Americans are pronounced in certain states. One explanation may be the dramatic changes in the policy environment in recent decades, particularly the polarization in state policies. This research brief examines the association between several state policies and self-rated health among adults ages 45-64 from 1993 to 2016. Findings show that more liberal versions of certain state policies, namely civil rights, firearm safety, and environmental protection are associated with better health.
Population Health, Civil Rights, Environmental Protection Policies, Firearm Safety
Politics and Social Change | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy | Social Policy | Sociology
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National Institute on Aging and Carnegie Corporation of New York
NIA grant # R01AG055481 and R24AG045061, # G-F-18-56197
Kemp, Blakelee R.; Grumbach, Jacob M.; and Karas Montez, Jennifer, "Civil Rights, Firearm Safety, and Environmental Protection Policies Predict Better Health among U.S. Midlife Adults" (2022). Population Health Research Brief Series. 180.
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