I found this interesting. Apparently, during recessions/depressions, life expectancy increases at a higher rate than during economically prosperous times. I disagree with Orszag’s prescriptions for the “problem”. I see this as a positive for society. People living longer means that folks will have a larger window of adding to the economy via work, investment, consuming, charity, teaching trades and/or skills, etc.

The Worse the Economy, the Longer People Live