A New Method for Determining Why Length of Life is More Unequal in Some Populations Than in Others

@article{Nau2012ANM,
  title={A New Method for Determining Why Length of Life is More Unequal in Some Populations Than in Others},
  author={Claudia Nau and Glenn Firebaugh},
  journal={Demography},
  year={2012},
  volume={49},
  pages={1207-1230}
}
Why is there greater variability in individual longevity in some populations than in others? We propose a decomposition method designed to address that question by quantifying the effects of population differences in the spread, allocation, and timing of the principal causes of death. Applying the method to the United States and Sweden, we find that spread effects account for about two-thirds of the greater variance in age at death among American adults, meaning that two-thirds of the U.S… CONTINUE READING
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