Research Group

Lifespan Inequalities

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Patterns and Drivers of Mortality Inequality Across Space, Time, and Socioeconomic Status

Conducted by Alyson van Raalte; Marília R. Nepomuceno; in Collaboration with Timothy Riffe (Universidad del País Vasco, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain), José Manuel Aburto (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom), Vanessa Di Lego (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria), Nikkil Sudharsanan (Technical University of Munich, Germany), Ridhi Kashyap (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), Orsola Torrisi (New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Pavel Grigoriev, Sebastian Klüsener (both: Federal Institute for Population Research, Wiesbaden, Germany)

Inequality in length-of-life is pervasive. This project documents the patterns and drivers of inequality over time, across space, and between subnational populations. We investigate whether our theories of mortality convergence are consistent with the empirical evidence from across the globe.  Detailed Description

Research Keywords:

Aging, Mortality and Longevity

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Aburto, J. M.; Di Lego, V.; Riffe, T.; Kashyap, R.; van Raalte, A. A.; Torrisi, O.:
Science Advances 9:5, 1–10. (2023)    
Grigoriev, P.; Klüsener, S.; van Raalte, A. A.:
BMJ Open 12:9, e064249–e064249. (2022)    
Sudharsanan, N.; Aburto, J. M.; Riffe, T.; van Raalte, A. A.:
International Journal of Epidemiology 51:4, 1057–1061. (2022)    
van Raalte, A. A.:
In: The Routledge handbook of contemporary inequalities and the life course, 124–135. London: Routledge. (2022)
van Raalte, A. A.:
Science 372:6544, 799–799. (2021)
van Raalte, A. A.:
Population Studies 75:Suppl. 1, S105–S132. (2021)    
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