African-american mortality at older ages: Results of a matching study

@article{Preston1996AfricanamericanMA,
  title={African-american mortality at older ages: Results of a matching study},
  author={Samuel H. Preston and Irma T. Elo and Ira Rosenwaike and Mark E. Hill},
  journal={Demography},
  year={1996},
  volume={33},
  pages={193-209}
}
In this paper we investigate the quality of age reporting on death certificates of elderly African-Americans. We link a sample of death certificates of persons age 65+ in 1985 to records for the same individuals in U.S. censuses of 1900, 1910, and 1920 and to records of the Social Security Administration. The ages at death reported on death certificates are too young on average. Errors are greater for women than for men. Despite systematic underreporting of age at death, too many deaths are… CONTINUE READING
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