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Changes in mortality: gender and international comparisons


  • Yaffa Machnes


Changes in mortality risks are measured according to a statistical criterion. This criterion helps to identify the desired reduction in age-specific mortality risk. During the last four decades, a survey of 15 industrialized countries showed that changes in age-specific mortality rates pointed towards age groups whose reduction in mortality deviated from the optimal shift. Further observations showed consistent differences between the different gender groups and also found a country specific shift. This research found that richer countries displayed less systematic changes.

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  • Yaffa Machnes, 2003. "Changes in mortality: gender and international comparisons," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(3), pages 285-291.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:35:y:2003:i:3:p:285-291
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840210146672

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