Research Group

Lifespan Inequalities

At a Glance Projects Publications Team

Why ages at death vary between countries and socioeconomic groups.

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Does it matter if everyone dies at similar ages, or if ages at death are highly spread out in society? These are the questions investigated by the Lifespan Inequalities research group. Typically, demographers look at average outcomes, such as life expectancy. This overlooks the variability in age at death, which is substantial, and differs across countries and socioeconomic groups.   Detailed Description

Selected Publications

van Raalte, A. A.; Sasson, I.; Martikainen, P.:
Science 362:6418, 1002–1004. (2018)    
Aburto, J. M.; van Raalte, A. A.:
Demography 55:6, 2071–2096. (2018)    
Seaman, R. J.; Riffe, T.; Leyland, A. H.; Popham , F.; van Raalte, A. A.:
Social Science and Medicine 230, 147–157. (2019)       
Acosta, E.; van Raalte, A. A.:
Demographic Research 41:42, 1205–1234. (2019)       
van Raalte, A. A.; Caswell, H.:
Demography 50:5, 1615–1640. (2013)



The Lifespan Inequalities research group is funded by a starting grant from the European Research Council.

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.