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Poverty and Life Expectancy The Jamaica Paradox

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ISBN-10: 0521850479

ISBN-13: 9780521850476

Edition: 2005

Authors: James C. Riley

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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 has attained a life expectancy nearly matching that in the rich lands, such as the US, 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 at the outset of Jamaica's rapid gains in life expectancy, in the 1920s, and since. Jamaica's approach to reducing mortality emphasized that school children and their parents master lessons about how to manage disease hazards, and led to a successful collaboration between…    
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Book details

List price: $94.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/18/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 250
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

'A singular blessed island�
What needs to be explained?
The situation around 1920
Rapid gains in life expectancy, 1920�1950
The good years, 1950�1972
Against growing odds, 1972�2000
Estimates of life expectancy, 1881�1964
Official sources for quantitative information