Visualizing the Effect of GDP Per Capita on the Life Expectancy of a Nation

Posted on May 6, 2018

Gross domestic product which is the measure of a country’s economic output per it population has been shown over the years to have a direct effect on the life expectancy of a nation. The effect of GDP on life expectancy could be due to many factors. Two of these factors, which I believe, have a direct effect on life expectancy are food security and access to good healthcare. European and Asian countries with higher GDP as compared to African with low GDP per capita have better healthcare and food security.

Dataset

The dataset used in my project came from the World Bank. The World Bank have been collecting economic data on countries since 1950’s.

Result

From my analysis, it was clear that GPD of a nation has a direct effect of the life expectancy of it people. There were some outliers, South Africa and Nigeria were two of those outliers. In the case of South Africa, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1900's could explain why it deviated from the norm.

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