Background: The purpose of the study was to probe into the changes in life expectancy associated with schooling years found by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Methods: The study was based on the OECD database from the period 2000 to 2006. The data of thirty countries were constructed to allow comparisons over time and across these countries. Panel data analysis was used to estimate the relationship of national education, as defined as school years, with life expectancy. The control factors considered were numbers of practicing physicians, practicing nurses, hospital beds, and GDP. Results: We used fixed effects of both country and time through linear regression, the coefficient of school years in relation to life expectancy was statistically significant but negative. This finding is not in accord with the hypothesis that investing in human capital through education stimulates better health outcomes. Conclusion: Within developing countries, educational attainment is no longer keeping the same pace with life expectancy as before. Therefore, we suggest that an effective education policy should cover diverse topics, for example, balancing economic growth and mental hygiene, to improve national life expectancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-918
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Education
  • Life expectancy
  • OECD
  • Panel data analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Health Informatics


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