Volume 15 - Article 21 | Pages 561-590

Mortality tempo-adjustment: An empirical application

By Marc Luy

Print this page  Send this article to a friend  Twitter

 

 
Date received:27 Mar 2006
Date published:15 Dec 2006
Word count:6133
Keywords:Bongaarts and Feeney formula, Bongaarts and Feeney method, demographic period measures, life expectancy, mortality, mortality differences between West and East Germany, mortality tempo, tempo adjustment, tempo distortion, tempo effects
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2006.15.21
 

Abstract

The number of scholars following the tempo approach in fertility continues to grow, whereas tempo-adjustment in mortality generally still is rejected. This rejection is irrational in principle, as the basic idea behind the tempo approach is independent of the kind of demographic event. Providing the first empirical application to a substantial problem, this paper shows that mortality tempo-adjustment can paint a different picture of current mortality conditions compared to conventional life expectancy.
An application of the Bongaarts and Feeney method to the analysis of mortality differences between western and eastern Germany shows that the eastern German disadvantages still are considerably higher and that the mortality gap between the two entities began to narrow some years later than trends in conventional life expectancy suggest. Thus, the picture drawn by tempo-adjusted life expectancy fits the expected trends of changing mortality and also the self-reported health conditions of eastern and western Germans better than that painted by conventional life expectancy.

Author's Affiliation

Marc Luy - University of Rostock, Germany [Email]

Most recent similar articles in Demographic Research

» Increments to life and mortality tempo
Volume 14 - Article 2    | Keywords: mortality, mortality tempo, tempo adjustment

» Changing mortality and average cohort life expectancy
Volume 13 - Article 5    | Keywords: life expectancy, mortality, mortality tempo

» Why the racial gap in life expectancy is declining in the United States
Volume 31 - Article 32    | Keywords: life expectancy, mortality

» How life expectancy varies with perturbations in age-specific mortality
Volume 27 - Article 13    | Keywords: life expectancy, mortality

» On the correspondence between CAL and lagged cohort life expectancy
Volume 24 - Article 25    | Keywords: life expectancy, tempo effects

Articles

»Volume 15

 

Citations

 

 

Similar Articles

 

 

Jump to Article

Volume Page
Volume Article ID