Old age mortality: continuing disparities according to qualifications and social category

Isabelle Robert-Bobée et Olivier Cadot, Insee

Under mortality conditions for the 2000-2002 period, women aged 86 and qualified to Baccalauréat level or above could on average expect to live a further 7.1 years, compared with 6.1 years for women without such a qualification. For men, remaining lifespan is lower than for women, but as for women it is longer for the better qualified: 5.2 years at 86 years old for the better qualified males compared with 4.5 years for those without a further education qualification. For both sexes then, the better qualified 86-year-olds can expect to live 20% longer than their less qualified counterparts. Differences according to qualification and social category disappear with age, and no longer exist among men and women aged 94 or over.

Insee Première
No 1122
Paru le : 14/02/2007