[eDebate] Cuba vs. US using Korcok's source & metrics
Trond E. Jacobsen
Mon Aug 6 09:02:47 CDT 2007
Mike Korcok provides several metrics for evaluating the quality of life
in a country. He provides plausible reasons these metrics are better
than others (can be measured, capture impact of many factors,
applicable in diverse contexts, etc.). Let?s accept his metrics, even
though I am sure many will agree others merit consideration and these
have their flaws.
Mike asserts democratic socialism/communism is an unrelenting nightmare
for their subject populations. That may well be true, but not in Cuba
by the metrics he defends as the best for such comparisons.
All data below from Mike?s source:
except GDP per capita, taken from the CIA World Fact Book.
All comparisons are (US : CUBA)
GDP per capita, rank (9 : 146)
(I?d use the more meaningful GINI metric but the data are old for Cuba).
Death rates, rank (101 : 125)
Death rates (8.26 : 7.14)
Infant mortality, rank (177 : 179)
Infant mortality (6.37 : 6.04)
Life expectancy at birth (78 : 77.08)
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