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Life Expectancy
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1.

Using the Social Data Tables, fill in the table below according to the following instructions.

  a. Read the definition of infant mortality rate. Then find the countries in each region that have the highest and the lowest infant mortality rates for 1998. Write the names of these countries and their regions in the left hand column. If two or more countries have the same rate, please choose one.
  b. In the second column, fill in the infant mortality rates for each of your chosen countries.
  c.

Read the definition of life expectancy at birth. Then fill in the third column with 1998 life expectancy at birth data for each of your selected countries.

 
Region, Country name Infant
Mortality
Rate,
1998
Life
Expectancy
at Birth,
1998
   
  d. Compare the data and make a statement about the relationship between infant mortality and life expectancy at birth. Is your statement true for all regions?
   
   
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2. Using the Text and the Basic Data Tables, fill in the table according to the following instructions.
  a. Choose a low-income country in Sub-Saharan Africa and one in Asia (South and East) and the Pacific and write their names in the first column.
  b. Choose a middle-income country in each of the following regions and add them to the first column: South America, Europe and Central Asia, and Middle East and North Africa.
  c.. Choose a high-income country in North and Central America and the Caribbean, one in Europe and Central Asia, and one in Asia (South and East) and the Pacific and add them to the first column.
Country name Rank Region Income
group
Life
expectancy
at birth,
1998
Population
growth
rate,
1980-98
GNP
per
capita,
1998
Access to
safe water,
1990-96
Sub-Saharan Africa L
Asia (South and East)
and the Pacific
L
South America M
Europe and Central Asia M
and Middle East
and North Africa
M
North and Central America
and the Caribbean
H
Europe and Central Asia H
Asia (South and East)
and the Pacific
H
  d. Rank the countries, with "1" equaling the highest life expectancy at birth and "8" the lowest. Write the appropriate ranking number in parentheses after the data in column 2.
  e. Study your chart and answer the following questions:
   
  • In the countries with a life expectancy of less than 55 years, are the other indicators high or low?
  • In the countries with a life expectancy of 55-64 years, are the other indicators higher or lower than in the countries with a life expectancy of less than 55 years?
  • In the countries with a life expectancy of 65-69 years, are the other indicators higher or lower than in the countries with less than 65 years?
  • In the countries with a life expectancy of 70 or more years, are the other indicators higher or lower than in the other countries?
  • Does life expectancy at birth follow the same trend as the other development indicators in your chart? Explain.
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