Differences in Life Expectancy: East & West Germany

Saturday, Aug 21, 2010

While West Germany (more capitalistic) had a pretty constant rate of growth in life expectancy, after about 25 years, East Germany (more communistic) took a dive and didn't recover until unification in 1990 (at which point it recovered dramatically):

Mortality Tempo Adjustment: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations, Marc Luy, Institute for Sociology and Demography, University of Rostock, Germany, October 13th, 2006, http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/download/col061013ml.pdf.