How Do Socioeconomic Status, Behaviors, and Age Interact to Produce Death Risks?

Neil Mehta
Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine & Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


This research evaluates the nature of interactions between two key socio-demographic variables (educational attainment, race/ethnicity) and two key behavioral risk factors (obesity and smoking) to determine whether the two sets of risk factors operate additively or multiplicatively with each to influence the chance of dying.


  • Mehta, N. 2018. How do socioeconomic status, behaviors and age interact to produce death risks? 1st annual MiCDA Pilot Project Symposium. May 7, 2018, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Mehta, N.K., H. Zheng, M. Myrskylä. 2018. Do the effects of major sociodemographic and behavioral risk factors for mortality rise or fall with age? Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. October 2018, Washington, D.C.
  • Mehta, N., Zheng, H., Myrskyläc, M. 2019. How do age and major risk factors for mortality interact over the life-course? Implications for health disparities research and public health policy SSM Popul Health. 2019 Aug; 8: 100438. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100438
  • National Institute on Aging. R03AG060404. Contribution of Behavioral Factors and Chronic Diseases to International Differences in Healthy Life Expectancy. PI: N. Mehta