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Measuring Poverty/Health: A Cautionary Note


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  • Yarim Shamsan

    (Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of the West of England)

  • Don J. Webber

    (School of Economics, University of the West of England)

  • Paul White

    (Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of the West of England)


Economists use various measures to account for the affect of poverty, welfare or health on economic growth but there is a lack of understanding of the movement of such variables over time and whether countries experiences similar trends. This paper presents an analysis of life expectancy across Africa and the Middle East and identifies trends that can be clustered in experience, although a convergence in experience appears prominent. The statistical analysis is repeated for fertility, GNP and mortality rates but we find there is no guarantee that countries will experience similar experiences across these measures.

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0607.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0607

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Keywords: Life Expectancy; GNP; Fertility; Mortality; Africa; Middle East;

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