International variations in life expectancy: A spatio-temporal analysis

Min Hua Jen*, Ron Johnston, Kelvyn Jones, Richard Harris, Axel Gandy

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Life expectancy at birth has increased substantially at the global scale over recent decades, but the improvements have not been experienced equally across all countries - in large part reflecting changes in economic and social situations. To identify the spatial variations in life expectancy at birth across a large number of countries over a 33-year period, this paper provides an expository account of a developing modelling methodology for the analysis of spatio-temporal trajectories. It identifies broad patterns of change and simultaneously examines between- and within-country variation to assess the degree to which patterns of life expectancy are becoming more or less similar at national and sub-national scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-90
Number of pages18
JournalTijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • Latent group-base trajectory modelling
  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Random effect modelling

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