Insee PremièreLife expectancy by standard of living: in men, 13 years of difference between the most affluent and the most modest

Nathalie Blanpain, division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee

The more affluent we are, the higher our life expectancy. Thus, among the 5% most affluent, life expectancy at birth in men is 84.4 years, compared with 71.7 years among the poorest 5%, i.e. 13 years’ difference. In women, this gap is smaller: 8 years between the most affluent and the poorest. When an individual's standard of living is around €1,000 per month, an additional €100 are associated with a 0.9-year increase in life expectancy in men and a 0.7-year increase in women, while the gap is only 0.3 year and 0.2 year in those with a standard of living of €2,000 per month.

Women have a higher life expectancy than men (average 6 years). They in fact usually live longer than the wealthiest men: those with a living standard of 70% have a longer life expectancy than men among the 5% most affluent.

Although the most affluent people are more likely to have a degree in higher education, this only partly explains the differences in life expectancy according to standard of living. With or without a degree, the more affluent we are, the higher our life expectancy.

Insee Première
No 1687
Paru le : Paru le 06/02/2018
Nathalie Blanpain, division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee
Insee Première  No 1687 - February 2018