Is this a good or a bad thing?
In a New York Times article this morning, Robert Pear summarizes recent research showing that the gap in life expectancy between high-income/better educated people and low-income/less-educated people is expanding substantially.
Well? Is the fact that the rich live longer than the poor, and the gap is widening, something which needs attention paid to it?
And does your position change when you find out more details of what is happening?
That is, life expectancy is increasing on average, but it is increasing much more rapidly at the top of the socio-economic distribution than at the bottom — and some research suggests that life expectancy at the bottom is not even rising.
I would argue that the sum total of human lifespans increasing is a good thing. But is there anyone prepared to argue that it is a bad thing in aggregate, because the inequality is widening?
It\’s a serious question too: for there definitely are those who argue that even while everyone is becoming better off economically this isn\’t in fact a good idea because economic inequality is increasing.