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Discussing the Strehler-Mildvan model of mortality

  • Maxim Finkelstein

    (University of the Free State)

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    Half a century ago Strehler and Mildvan (1960) have published the seminal paper that, based on some assumptions (postulates), theoretically ‘justified’ the Gompertz law of mortality. It also defined the, so called, Srehler-Mildvan correlation between the parameters of the Gompertz curve, which was observed in a number of empirical studies. In this note, we discuss the assumptions and limitations of the model and also consider some modifications.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 9 (March)
    Pages: 191-206

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:26:y:2012:i:9
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    1. David Steinsaltz & Kenneth Wachter, 2006. "Understanding Mortality Rate Deceleration and Heterogeneity," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(1), pages 19-37.
    2. Hui Zheng & Yang Yang & Kenneth Land, 2011. "Heterogeneity in the Strehler-Mildvan General Theory of Mortality and Aging," Demography, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 267-290, February.
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