Methods for comparing the mortality experience of heterogeneous populations.

Published

Journal Article

Methods are presented which produce Maximum Likelihood Estimates (MLE) of the degree of heterogeneity in individual mortality risks under a variety of assumptions about the age trajectory of those mortality risks. With these estimates of the degree of population heterogeneity it is possible to adjust comparisons of mortality risks across populations for the effects of population heterogeneity, differential mortality selection, and different age trajectories of the force of mortality. These methods are demonstrated by applying a variety of standard assumptions about the age trajectory of the force of mortality to the analysis of a broad range of cohort mortality data for the U.S. and Swedish populations. The estimates of the degree of heterogeneity, produced under all of the selected force of mortality models, consistently indicated a considerable degree of heterogeneity in mortality risks.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Manton, KG; Stallard, E; Vaupel, JW

Published Date

  • August 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 389 - 410

PubMed ID

  • 7262375

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7262375

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0070-3370

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/2061005

Language

  • eng