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Should life potential be a better alternative to life expectancy at birth? an Indian illustration

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  • Udaya S Mishra

    () (Associate Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum)

  • Mohammad Kashif Khan

    () (M.Phil Scholar, Centre for Development Studies)

  • Mala Ramanathan

    () (AMCHS, AMCHSS, Medical College)

Abstract

Given the limitation of life expectancy at birth as an indicator of survival as regard its comparison across population and over time, life potential per capita is suggested as an alternative to overcome such limitation. An illustration of this alternative indicator in case of Indian states presents a case for consideration as it makes a robust comparison of survival well being with consideration of the age structure of the population and the prevailing regime of survival.

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  • Udaya S Mishra & Mohammad Kashif Khan & Mala Ramanathan, 2013. "Should life potential be a better alternative to life expectancy at birth? an Indian illustration," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(2), pages 1311-1316.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-13-00133
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    1. Udaya Mishra, 2006. "Making Comparisons of Demographic Aggregates more Meaningful: A Case of Life Expectancies and Total Fertility Rates," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 75(3), pages 445-461, February.
    2. Francisco Goerlich & Ángel Soler, 2013. "Life Potential as a Basic Demographic Indicator," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 110(2), pages 537-548, January.
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    Keywords

    life expectancy; life potential;

    JEL classification:

    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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