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Date published: 2006/07/07

The BBC says:

People from poorer backgrounds are more unhealthy and die earlier than the rich, according a study measuring the link between health and wealth.

Poorer people in their fifties were 10 times more likely to die earlier than those who are richer, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) said.

That was despite an "even distribution in the quality of healthcare between different wealth groups", the IFS said.

The poor often have to stop work early due to ill health, the group added.

Now who would have thought that. Thank god the UK is blessed with such brilliant research. Of course all they have found is the obvious correlation, and have shown no causation (nor claimed any, it seems). In particular is being poor causing ill health or is being unhealthy causing poverty, or something else? Whatever, the correlation is obvious to anyone who observes the world for more than ten minutes. (Of course the analysis was quantitative, but that hardly matters in this case.)

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