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Old-age mortality in Germany prior to and after reunification

Gjonça, Arjan, Brockmann, Hilke and Maier, Heiner (2000) Old-age mortality in Germany prior to and after reunification. Demographic Research, 3 (1). ISSN 1435-9871

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Identification Number: 10.4054/DemRes.2000.3.1


Recent trends in German life expectancy show a considerable increase. Most of this increase has resulted from decreasing mortality at older ages. Patterns of oldest old mortality (ages 80+) differed significantly between men and women as well as between East and West Germany. While West German oldest old mortality decreased since the mid 1970s, comparable decreases in East Germany did not become evident until the late 1980s. Yet, the East German mortality decline accelerated after German reunification in 1990, particularly among East German females, attesting to the plasticity of human life expectancy and the importance of late life events. Medical care, individual economic resources and life-style factors are discussed as potential determinants of the decline in old age mortality in Germany.

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Additional Information: © 2000 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2008 16:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 12:33

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