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Poverty and life expectancy : the Jamaica paradox

Author: James C Riley
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poverty 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, such as the United States, despite having a much lower level of per capita income. Why this is so is the Jamaica paradox. This book provides  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James C Riley
ISBN: 0521850479 9780521850476
OCLC Number: 58999144
Description: xiii, 235 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
"A singularly 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 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: James C. Riley.
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