Life expectancy in the twentieth century

March 21, 2014

Angus Deaton points out that one of the great successes of the 20th century was the steep increase in life expectancy. In his words: “When I was born in Edinburgh in 1945, life expectancy in Scotland was lower than it is in India today; when my father was born in the Yorkshire coalfield in 1918, child mortality in England was higher than it is in sub-Saharan Africa today.” Even better, see for yourself: click here and press the play button in the lower right corner.


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