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An Analysis of the Relationship Between Income and Life Expectancy for Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Karina Temporelli
  • Valentina Viego


This paper aims to determine the incidence of general living conditions on average longevity for Latin America and Caribbean countries during the period 1970-2005, based on panel data econometrics. The results suggest a positive but decreasing effect of income on life expectancy and a positive impact of workers’ education on the population’s average longevity. These findings indicate that to induce a permanent increase in life expectancy resources assigned to the health care system should be complemented with improvements in social infrastructure and habitat.

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  • Karina Temporelli & Valentina Viego, 2011. "An Analysis of the Relationship Between Income and Life Expectancy for Latin America and the Caribbean," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 74, pages 61-85.
  • Handle: RePEc:lde:journl:y:2011:i:74:p:61-85

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    life expectancy; living conditions; health; income;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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