MPIDR Working Paper
The ages of extremal impact on life disparity caused by averting deaths
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2010-016, 16 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (February 2010)
This paper is concerned with sensitivity analysis of life disparity with respect to changes in mortality rates. Recently Zhang and Vaupel introduced a ”threshold age”, such that averting deaths before that age reduces disparity, while averting deaths after that age increases disparity. We provide a reﬁnement to this result by characterizing the ages at which averting deaths has an extremal impact on life disparity. A procedure is given for approaching the threshold age numerically. The results are illustrated using data for the female populations of Denmark, the US, Japan and France in 2005.
[Keywords: life disparity, sensitivity analysis, mortality changes, threshold age]