Poverty and Life Expectancy
The Jamaica Paradox
By (author) James C. Riley
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Poverty and Life Expectancy by James C. Riley
Book DescriptionPoverty and Life Expectancy is a multidisciplinary study that reconstructs Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy and explains how that was achieved. Jamaica is one of the small number of countries that have attained a life expectancy nearly matching the rich lands, despite having a much lower level of per capita income. Why this is so is the Jamaica paradox. This book provides an answer, surveying possible explanations of Jamaica's rapid gains in life expectancy. The rich countries could invest large sums in reducing mortality, but Jamaica and other low-income countries had to find inexpensive means of doing so. Jamaica's approach especially emphasized that schoolchildren and their parents master lessons about how to manage disease hazards. This book also argues that low-income countries with high life expectancy, such as Jamaica, provide more realistic models as to how other poor countries where life expectancy remains low can improve survival.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521850476
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James C. Riley
Poverty and Life Expectancy, Paperback (October 2011)
A multidisciplinary study explaining Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy.
Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health, Hardback (October 2007)
Studies the experience of twelve countries that have broken through the limits that low incomes so often impose on human survival. This title presents an analysis that suggests an alternative model of growth in which the measure of a nation's success is not its per capita income but the life expectancy of its population.
Rising Life Expectancy, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by James C. Riley
This book traces the global history of rising life expectancy in the last 200 years.
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Author Biography - James C. Riley
James C. Riley is Distinguished Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the author of several books, including Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History (Cambridge, 2001) and Sick, Not Dead: The Health of British Workingmen during the Mortality Decline (1997). He is contributor to journals such as Population Studies, the American Historical Review, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He is a recipient of research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Institutes of Health.
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