The life table: A demographic overview

@inproceedings{Wunsch2002TheLT,
  title={The life table: A demographic overview},
  author={Guillaume Wunsch},
  year={2002}
}
The purpose of this preliminary chapter is to present an elementary overview of the life table, its objectives and its construction, and to point out some of the problems related to the background assumptions of life table methodology. The life table is one of the oldest tools of demographic analysis. Indeed, it seems that life expectancies were already estimated during the Roman Empire, though the lack of data led to more or less informed guesses rather than to hard facts! The method was… CONTINUE READING

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