Men in executive positions still live 6 years longer than men who are workers

Nathalie Blanpain, division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee

Since the end of the 1970s, men aged 35 have gained 7 years of life expectancy and women 5.5 years. All social categories benefitted from this increase and the gaps between executives and workers have remained. Men in executive positions live 6 years longer on average than workers under 2009-2013 mortality conditions. Social inequalities are less marked in women, as there are only 3 years’ difference in life expectancy between executives and workers. INSEE is for the first time publishing the life expectancy of the population according to qualification level. Between those with a higher education qualification and those without, the difference in life expectancy at the age of 35 is 7.5 years for men and 4 years for women. For men, the higher the qualification, the higher the life expectancy. For women, there is a clear difference in life expectancy between those who have a qualification and those who do not; however, among those with a qualification, there is not a significant grading according to qualification level. Women live longer than men, regardless of their social category. The life expectancy of female workers is thus one year longer than that of male executives.

Insee Première
No 1584
Paru le : 18/02/2016