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Life Expectancy Accelerating
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May 26, 2010, 03:36 PM
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Here`s an interesting table from p. 240 of David Willetts`s The Pinch of average male life expectancy at the age of 65 in the UK (in other words, in 1950, 65-year-old British men were expected to live to 77.0):
1950: 12.0
1960: 12.2 (+0.2 v. decade earlier)
1970: 12.8 (+0.6)
1980: 14.0 (+1.2)
1990: 15.8 (+1.8)
2000: 18.2 (+2.4)
2010: 21.7 (+3.5) [projected from growth from 18.2 in 2000 to 21.0 in 2008]
So, for every four days you live, you only get three days closer to death? What better excuse for procrastinating?
Now, that`s pretty weird. Instead of diminishing marginal returns, we (or at least Brits) are currently enjoying increasing marginal returns. Well, I`m not complaining.