We know that people on top of the social hierarchy have (at least in developed countries) 30 or more years average life expectancy , more stable marriages, happier life and so on. So my question is for people who managed to get from the bottom to the top, what is their expected divorce rate, life expectancy and so on. It is more like the bottom or more like the top. Any research would help.

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    $\begingroup$ Only 30 years average life expectancy? Where did you get that figure from? $\endgroup$ Jul 23, 2018 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ youtube.com/watch?v=-asltUUvcGU $\endgroup$
    – Goking
    Jul 23, 2018 at 10:09
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    $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers I assume they mean an additional 30 years. $\endgroup$
    – qeschaton
    Jul 23, 2018 at 12:04
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    $\begingroup$ When you state 'known things' as you highlight, we expect references on this site. Could you therefore include the YouTube video in your question where you state 'we know that' (also providing a label so that people know what can be found by following the link)? $\endgroup$
    – Steven Jeuris
    Jul 26, 2018 at 8:54

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I think you want the term Life Course Social Mobility. Try searching for it and the outcomes of interest, e.g., life expectancy:

It is difficult to summarize across many different outcomes, and it also depends on a) the starting and ending classes as well as b) the life stage when the transition occurs and c) the speed of the transition.

So I think the question as originally phrased, whether they appear more like the bottom or the top, cannot be answered in the general case. It is generally going to be in-between.

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    $\begingroup$ Just to help, I have edited to include a snippet of what the links provide for the question. It is useful to provide this to add context in case of link death or linked domain server failure. $\endgroup$ Jul 26, 2018 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, useful to know. Thanks for the guidance. $\endgroup$ Jul 26, 2018 at 12:42

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