Research Group

Lifespan Inequalities

Why ages at death vary between countries and socioeconomic groups.

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Normally, demographers compare the health of populations by looking at average outcomes, for instance the life expectancy at birth. But life expectancy only gives an incomplete picture of population health, as it doesn’t disclose how ages at death are distributed within population groups or countries. For this we need to compare the variability or inequality in ages at death within populations. Larger inequalities in ages at death mean greater uncertainty in the timing of death. This uncertainty creates difficulties in planning and funding the life course, for both individuals and societies. The research group "Lifespan Inequalities", financed by the European Research Council, examines these inequalities in ages at death and their progression in contemporary developed countries.Detailed description


Selected Publications

van Raalte, A. A.; Seaman, R. J.:
In: Caplan, M. J. (Ed.): Reference module in biomedical sciences. (2019).
Jdanov, D. A.; Shkolnikov, V. M.; van Raalte, A. A.; Andreev, E. M.:
Demography 54:4, 1579-1602 (2017).
Seaman, R. J.; Riffe, T.; Leyland, A. H.; Popham , F.; van Raalte, A. A.:
Social Science and Medicine 230, 147-157 (2019).
van Raalte, A. A.; Martikainen, P.; Myrskylä, M.:
Demography 51:1, 73-95 (2014).
van Raalte, A. A.; Caswell, H.:
Demography 50:5, 1615-1640 (2013).


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