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Trends in Life Expectancy and Its Association with Economic Factors in the Belt and Road Countries-Evidence from 2000⁻2014.

Bai, Ruhai, Wei, Junxiang, An, Ruopeng, Li, Yan, Collett, Laura, Dang, Shaonong, Dong, Wanyue, Wang, Duolao ORCID:, Fang, Zeping, Zhao, Yaling and Wang, Youfa (2018) 'Trends in Life Expectancy and Its Association with Economic Factors in the Belt and Road Countries-Evidence from 2000⁻2014.'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol 15, Issue 12.

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In 2013, China launched the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative in an effort to promote trade and economic collaboration. This study examined the change in life expectancy (LE) among countries along B&R and studied the impact of economic development on LE. Data from 65 B&R countries from 2000 to 2014 were compiled and analyzed. Trend of LE was examined by sex and country. Linear quantile mixed model was used to study the associations between LE and economic factors. In 2014, the average LE in all B&R countries was 69.7 years for men and 73.7 years for women. Across countries in 2014, LE for men ranged from 58.6 years in Afghanistan to 80.2 years in Israel. LE for women ranged from 61.3 years in Afghanistan to 85.9 in Singapore. GDP per capita was positively associated with longevity across B&R countries. The unemployment rate was positively associated with LE only for countries in the top LE quantiles. GDP growth rate and Inflation were negatively associated with LE for the countries in the bottom LE quantiles for men, not for women. LE increased substantially among B&R countries during 2000⁻2014. The influence of macroeconomic factors on LE was related to the distribution of LE.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WT Geriatrics. Chronic Disease > Geriatrics > WT 116 Longevity. Life expectancy. Death
WT Geriatrics. Chronic Disease > WT 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 12:42
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 15:27


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