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The effects of shocks in early life mortality on later life expectancy and mortality compression: a cohort analysis

Myrskylä, Mikko (2010) The effects of shocks in early life mortality on later life expectancy and mortality compression: a cohort analysis. Demographic Research, 22 . pp. 289-320. ISSN 1435-9871

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Abstract

I study how shocks in cohort-level early life conditions, as represented by deviations from trend in mortality before age 5, affect later mortality. I use data for six European countries and find that shocks that increase infant mortality decrease later life expectancy between ages 5-30. The effect is strong for England and Wales but small or insignificant for other countries. Shocks that increase mortality at ages 1-5 increase life expectancy between ages 5-30 and compress the mortality distribution. For both shocks the effects are weak at older ages. These results suggest that early life conditions have a transitory effect and potentially only little influence on old-age mortality.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.demographic-research.org/
Additional Information: © 2010 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 16:58
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/53838/

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