Friday, December 19, 2008

Life Expectancy: Bottom Ten, Top Ten

Bottom Ten:

Top Ten:

Link.

7 Comments:

At 12/19/2008 8:19 AM, Anonymous poor boomer said...

We're Number 45! We're Number 45!

 
At 12/19/2008 9:18 AM, Blogger Ironman said...

This kind of data is always fun to play with. If you'd like to estimate your remaining statistical life expectancy from any age (not just birth), here's the tool for you!

 
At 12/19/2008 10:49 AM, Blogger RebelRenegade said...

I'm moving to Macau.

 
At 12/19/2008 11:55 AM, Anonymous ArmChairEconomist said...

A professor citing Wikipedia? Oh they irony.

 
At 12/19/2008 12:17 PM, Blogger Yorzhik said...

The reason the US is #45 and not higher (I'm not sure if we'd be #1 if we didn't do this, but I wouldn't be surprised if we were) is because we count the "lost causes". Babies that have conditions that will almost certainly end in quick death are not counted in those top 10 countries listed. The US not only counts them, but sometimes we pull out a miracle and that baby lives!

 
At 12/19/2008 9:12 PM, Blogger Dr. T said...

Yorzhik is correct. The US should be in the top 10. However, we have the strictest neonatal death reporting in the world. In some countries, a full term infant who dies within 30 days of birth is counted as a stillbirth instead of an infant death. This greatly skews the statistics because even a few deaths at age 0 have a big effect on the mean lifespan. We should report median lifespans to decrease the bias.

 
At 12/29/2008 10:53 PM, Anonymous JamesB said...

I'm not entirely surprised that the U.S. did not make the top 10... as long as our Congress is in the 'Big' Insurance companies' back pockets we will never see the top 10. http://www.michaelmoore.com/sicko/health-care-proposal/

 

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