The Biological Consequences of Socioeconomic Inequalities by Barbara Wolfe, William Evans and Teresa E. Seeman
Published By: New York: Russell Sage Foundation ISBN: 978-0-87154-892-4 Date of Publication: 2012
Book Review Detail
Sergio Urzua of University of Maryland
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.52.2.535.r9 Review Pages: 550-52
Book Review Abstract
Sergio Urzua of the University of Maryland reviews "The Biological Consequences of Socioeconomic Inequalities", by Barbara Wolfe, William Evans and Teresa E. Seeman. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Eight papers consider a potential research program surrounding the biology of disadvantage that quantifies whether and how material deprivation affects basic physiological processes. Papers discuss the socio-economic status (SES) and health gradient—a brief review of the literature; promise of biomarkers in assessing and predicting health; biological imprints of social status—socioeconomic gradients in biological markers of disease risk; dissecting pathways for socioeconomic gradients in childhood asthma; cardiovascular consequences of income change; cognitive neuroscience and disparities in SES; brain development and poverty—a first look; and reversing the impact of disparities in SES over the life course on cognitive and brain aging. Wolfe is Professor of Economics, Population Health Sciences, and Public Affairs and Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Evans is Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Seeman is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles."