Professor Mark J. Perry's Blog for Economics and Finance
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We're Number 45! We're Number 45!
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!
I'm moving to Macau.
A professor citing Wikipedia? Oh they irony.
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!
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.
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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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.
Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University near Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In addition to a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan-Flint, Perry is also a visiting scholar at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
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