publication . Preprint . 2010

Explaining the Cross-National Time Series Variation in Life Expectancy: Income, Women’s Education, Shifts, and What Else?

Lant Pritchett; Martina Viarengo;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Oct 2010
This paper examines the variation across countries and evolution over time of life expectancy. Using historical data going back to the beginning of the 20th century several basic facts about the relationship between national income and life expectancy are established. The paper shows that even by examining the augmented Preston curve there is no indication that the Preston curve is “breaking down” and no indication from over 100 years of data that a very strong relationship between national income and life expectancy will not persist, particularly over the ranges of income of primary interest to the Human Development Report. Empirical findings show that there ar...
free text keywords: economic development, economic growth, health, life expectancy, mortality., jel:I10, jel:O1, jel:O40, jel:J11
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