Life Expectancy at Birth: the Numbers Behind the Means

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Datasets spanning long periods of time, are crucial to our understanding of a range of phenomena, both within as outside social and economic history. For various processes, from social inequality to climate change, only change gradually, requiring long periods of time to observe and to explain change. Moreover, data spanning longer periods of time help us to unravel causality issues in the processes we study. Finally, time series data help us put contemporary phenomena in perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2017


  • life expectancy
  • data


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