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A long period multistate life table using micro data


  • Robert Shavelle
  • David Strauss


The multistate life table (MLT) has been widely used by demographers for the past twenty years. However, the pivotal Markov condition upon which the entire methodology rests is rarely satisfied in practice. We lessen reliance upon the assumption by computing transition probabilities for longer periods of time than was previously practical. An extended Kaplan-Meier estimator accomplishes this task, simultaneously addressing the issue of censoring. This allows for the construction of a long period MLT. We provide an illustrative example of a 10-year period MLT, with comparison to a 1-year period MLT.

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  • Robert Shavelle & David Strauss, 1999. "A long period multistate life table using micro data," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 161-177.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:7:y:1999:i:2:p:161-177
    DOI: 10.1080/08898489909525453

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