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Age groups and the Measure of Population Aging

  • Hippolyte D'Albis


    (Axe Macroéconomie - CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics)

  • Fabrice Collard


    (Department of Economics - University of Bern - University of Bern)

This paper proposes the use of optimal grouping methods for determining the various age groups within a population. The cutoff ages for these groups, such as the age from wich an individual is considered to be an older person, are then endogenous variables that depend on the entire population age distribution at any given moment. This method is applied to the age distributions of some industrialized countries, for which cutoff ages as well as the main indicators of aging are calculated over the last 50 years.

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Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Publication status: Published in Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 2012.81 - ISSN : 1955-661X. 2012
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00768889
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