The Male Life Expectancy dataset comprises information on total population per each country for the period 1750-2000. Data has been gathered and organized in 50-years intervals for the period 1750-1800 and in 10-years intervals for the period 1800-2000, using as geographical reference the current list of existing world countries


Filipa Ribeiro da Silva

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Male Life Expectancy


Demography, male life expectancy, world countries

Time period


Geographical coverage

Entire World

Methodologies used for data collection and processing

Bibliographical research, research of published and Online Databases, and cross-analysis of various datasets

Period of collection

October/2011 and July/2012

Data collectors

Filipa Ribeiro da Silva

i. Central statistical agencies ii. Historical reconstructions iii. Estimates iv. Conjectures

General references

The Human Mortality Database (http://www.mortality.org/: 21-07-2012)

The Human Life-Tables Database (http://www.lifetable.de/: 21-07-2012)

The World Bank Data, Indicator: Female Life Expectancy per year, 1960-2010 (http://data.worldbank.org/: 25-05-212).

The World Bank Data, Indicator: Male Life Expectancy per year, 1960-2010 (http://data.worldbank.org/: 25-05-212).

The World Bank Data, Indicator: Female Life Expectancy at birth, per year, 1960-2010 (http://data.worldbank.org/: 25-05-212).

Gapminder, Indicator: Life Expectancy at birth, 1800-2050 (http://www.gapminder.org/data/: 8-12-2011)

Montevideo-Oxford Latin America Economic History Database (http://oxlad.qeh.ox.ac.uk/search.php: 06-10-2011)


Anguilla[No Data]

Antigua and Barbuda1500 (5)-2013 (21)

Aruba[No Data]

Bahamas1500 (5)-2013 (23)

Barbados1500 (5)-2016 (28)

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba[No Data]

British Virgin Islands[No Data]

Cayman Islands[No Data]

Cuba1500 (8)-2016 (35)

Curaçao[No Data]

Dominica1500 (5)-2016 (21)

Dominican Republic1500 (6)-2018 (38)

Grenada1500 (5)-2013 (21)

Guadeloupe[No Data]

Haiti1500 (6)-2018 (36)

Jamaica1500 (6)-2018 (35)

Martinique[No Data]

Montserrat[No Data]

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