New work from the Zeki Al Hazzouri lab

Thursday, March 16, 2023

New research from Columbia Aging Center faculty member Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD, and her co-authors examines the question of whether a history of sustained low-wage earning during peak midlife earning years is associated with elevated mortality risk and excess mortality. Tracking employment and health metrics for ~4000 U.S. workers over a 12-year period, researchers found that wages are a modifiable risk factor for potentially improving health and, in particular, health inequalities, and a point for potential intervention.  Using data from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the work also demonstrates that Black, Hispanic and female workers are disproportionately represented in the low-wage workforce and most likely to benefit from higher wages. Read more here.