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Disparity in the life spans of the rich and poor is growing

Research has long established that wealthy people tend to live longer than the poor, but despite advances in medicine, technology and education, the economic ladder has been widening dramatically. Dr. Lisa Berkman, the director of Harvard’s Center for Population and Development Studies, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the implications of this gap. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream,” which reports on poverty and opportunity in America.

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Editor’s Note: Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

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