Book Chapter

Drastischer Wandel der regionalen Unterschiede in der Lebenserwartung in Deutschland: den Ursachen auf der Spur

Klüsener, S., Scholz, R. D., Kibele, E. U. B.
Drastic changes in regional life-expectancy disparities in Germany: in search of the determinants
In: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft / Generalverwaltung (Ed.): Jahrbuch der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 2015
München, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (2015)


Over the last 100 years, marked changes have occurred in Germany’s regional life-expectancy patterns. These include differences between the eastern and western part of the country and substantial shifts in the disparities between northern and southern Germany. By the beginning of the 20th century, the northern regions had the highest life expectancy, while the southern regions had the lowest levels. Today, this pattern is largely reversed. Research projects at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research look into the determinants of these mortality trends.

Keywords: Germany, life expectancy
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