previous eras' low life expectancy was mostly due to high child mortality.

I have long thought that the very idea of "life expectancy at birth" is a harmful one, because it encourages exactly that sort of confusion. It lumps together two things (child mortality and life expectancy once out of infancy) with sufficiently different causes and sufficiently different effects that they really ought to be kept separate.

Does anybody have a source that separates the two out? For example, to what age can the average X year old today expect to live? Or even at a past time?

Open thread, January 25- February 1

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read25th Jan 2014318 comments


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