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The Trouble With Life Expectancy

Especially for poorer nations or for previous periods of history we see statistics telling us that people generally weren’t expected to live past their 30s.

The trouble with life expectancy statistics is that they don’t seem to factor in child mortality.

If we adjusted for infant mortality, I imagine we’d find that the average person who makes it beyond the first 5-6 years of childhood in fact ought to be expected to live into their 50s and 60s.
This would be relatively young by Western standards but still a world removed from visions of people dying of old age in their mid 30s.

One response to “The Trouble With Life Expectancy

  1. Anonymous age 70 September 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Actually, sometimes well into their 70’s. What was the average life expectancy in rural Mexico in the 1800’s?

    My wife’s ancestor Mariano Palacios I, born 1797, died around 1865, age 68. His son Mariano 2, born 1822, died 1898, age 76. Mariano 1’s son Nabor born 1862, when his dad was 65, died 1952 age 90.

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