2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

The Impact of Education on Life Expectancy in Developing Countries
Kristine M. Kubisiak*, Kelsey N. Spalding, and Wyatt A. Hoffman
Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Faculty Mentor

This study investigated the impact of education on life expectancy in developing countries. Developing countries have a lower life expectancy than developed countries. Previous research has shown that education plays an important role in life expectancy. This study used data collected from World Bank and World Health Organization to investigate the impact of education on life expectancy while controlling for government spending, HIV prevalence, access to clean water, malnutrition, and gross national product using a Multiple Linear Regression. We used four different indicators for education: literacy rates, amount of spending on public education, percentage of women obtaining an education, and percentage of the population receiving HIV prevention and education. A positive correlation between these indicators and life expectancy would suggest that a greater emphasis should be placed on improving education in developing countries in order to increase life expectancy in these countries.

Keywords: Education, Life Expectancy, Developing Countries

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary
Sociology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 208-2
Location: VH 1324
Time: 9:45

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