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Convergence of life expectancy in the European Union: A Markov approach.

Appl. Econ. Lett. 14, 175-178 (2007)
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Given efforts of integration within the European Union (EU), convergence of life expectancies in member-states should be observed. A Markov approach classifying 15 EU member-states is applied to OECD data covering 1980 to 1989 and 1989 to 1998. The dynamics of cross-sectional distributions and the pace of their transitional processes are analyzed. In the 1980s slow convergence can be observed, whereas in the 1990s convergence is close to non-existent. Markov modelling shows that EU member states did not continue to converge in life expectancy following 1989, suggesting that efforts of socio-economic integration do not affect this public health indicator.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1350-4851
e-ISSN 1466-4291
Zeitschrift Applied Economics Letters
Quellenangaben Band: 14, Heft: 3, Seiten: 175-178 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Begutachtungsstatus