The Intimate Link between Income Levels and Life Expectancy: Global Evidence from 213 Years

  title={The Intimate Link between Income Levels and Life Expectancy: Global Evidence from 213 Years},
  author={Michael Jetter and Sabine Laudage and David Stadelmann},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
Contrary to previous findings, we find a systematic and economically sizeable relationship between income levels and life expectancy in a panel dataset of 197 countries over 213 years. By itself, GDP/capita explains more than 64 percent of the variation in life expectancy. The Preston curve prevails, even when accounting for country- and time-fixed effects, country-specific time trends, and alternative control variables. Quantile regressions and instrumental variable estimations suggest this… 

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