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Estimation of the Parameters of a Survival Process with Downward Jumps in Life Table


  • Basel Al-Eideh


Parameters for the birth and death diffusion life table model subject to downward jumps randomly occurring at a constant rate are estimated. The jump magnitudes have a beta distribution with support [0, lx], where lx is the total number of survivors prior to the jump. The estimation method is maximum likelihood. The Cramer-Rao Lower bound and the asymptotic distribution for the MLE are derived. The model is applied to the U.S. men's population from 1900 to 1999.

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  • Basel Al-Eideh, 2005. "Estimation of the Parameters of a Survival Process with Downward Jumps in Life Table," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 39-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:12:y:2005:i:1:p:39-50
    DOI: 10.1080/08898480590902163

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