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Life expectancy at birth

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Life expectancy at birth continues to increase remarkably in OECD countries, reflecting sharp reductions in mortality rates at all ages. These gains in longevity can be attributed to a number of factors including rising living standards, improved lifestyle and better education, and greater access to quality health services. Other factors such as better nutrition, sanitation and housing also play a role, particularly in countries with emerging economies (OECD, 2004a).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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