How Has Life Changed Since 1820?

Did you know that if you were born in France during the 1820s, your life expectancy was only 38.9 years? If you were born in the United States in the 1880s, your life expectancy was only 39.4 years? And in that same time period (1880s), your life expectancy in southeast Asia was 25.5 years? These statistics and much more data is available in this OECD book – How Was Life: Global Well-being since 1820. This publication covers 25 countries and 8 regions; information ranges from real wages since 1820 to gender inequality since 1820. Each topic is presented as a separate chapter including description of concepts, historical sources, data quality, and main highlights along with relevant charts and supporting bibliography. The work can be read online as a whole or by chapter.


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