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Unformatted text preview: one compares an advanced, rich country with a less-developed one, there are striking differences in the quality of life, standards of living, and health. Figures 1.5 and 1.6 give a glimpse of these differences and depict the relationship between income per capita in 2000 and consumption per capita and life expectancy at birth in the same year. Consumption data also come from the Penn World tables, while data on life expectancy at birth are available from the World Bank Development Indicators. These figures document that income per capita differences are strongly associated with differences in consumption and in health as measured by life expectancy. Recall also that these numbers refer to PPP-adjusted quantities; thus differences in consumption do not (at least in principle) reflect the differences in costs for the same bundle of consumption goods in different countries. The PPP adjustment corrects for these differences and attempts to measure the variation in real consumption. Thus the richest countrie...
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