Invited Seminar Talk

Multidimensional Health Expectancy and Health Inequality

Tianyu (Alex) Shen
Online Talk, June 21, 2022

Tianyu (Alex) Shen from the Australian National University talkes about health expectancy and health inequality.


A substantial body of prior research has explored patterns of disability-free and morbidity-free life expectancy (LE) among older populations. However, these distinct facets of later-life health are almost always studied in isolation, even though they are very likely to interact with each other. Using data from the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and a multistate life table approach, we explore the interactions between disability, morbidity, and mortality among four successive US birth cohorts, born from 1914-1923 to 1944-1953. Apart from disaggregating by sex, we also evaluate inequality by race and educational attainment. Tianyu Shen then moves on to introduce a flexible method for modelling multistate life table quantities that is more able to adapt to large, complex state-spaces. He shows that this Multiple Multistate Method is able to reproduce the results presented above using substantially simpler and easier-to-estimate transition probability models. Finally, the researcher discusses potential future uses of this model to account for complex and/or time-varying factors in multistate life table estimation.

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Online Seminar Talk, June, 21st from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Rostock time)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.