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'The US excess mortality rate from COVID-19 is substantially worse than Europe’s' - VoxEU article

In a new article published today on, Janine Aron and John Muellbauer show that when comparing excess mortality rates, Europe's cumulative excess mortality rate from March to July is 28% lower than the US rate, contradicting some recent public claims.

The US has 4% of the world's population but 21% of the global COVID-19-attributed infections and deaths. The US Northeast - the region most comparable with individual European countries - has experienced substantially worse excess mortality than Europe's worst-affected countries.

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Janine Aron and John Muellbauer are Senior Fellows of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and associate members of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science.

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