The University of Oxford News and Events had information on an interesting new study by researchers at Oxford Population Health that finds that politicians enjoy longer lives than general populations. Among other things, the study found specifically that:
• For almost all countries, politicians had similar rates of mortality to the general population in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
• Throughout the 20th century, differences in mortality rates widened significantly across all countries, so that politicians had an increasing survival advantage over the general population.
• There was considerable variation between countries in the extent of this survival advantage. In recent years, for example, while in Italy a typical member of the general public was 2.2 times as likely to die within the next year as a politician of the same age and gender, in New Zealand they were only 1.2 times as likely.
Read the full article here.