Volume 22 - Article 6 | Pages 129–158

Estimation of multi-state life table functions and their variability from complex survey data using the SPACE Program

By Liming Cai, Mark Hayward, Yasuhiko Saito, James Lubitz, Aaron Hagedorn, Eileen Crimmins

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Date received:07 Jan 2009
Date published:26 Jan 2010
Word count:7708
Keywords:bootstrap, health expectancy, multistate life tables, population aging


The multistate life table (MSLT) model is an important demographic method to document life cycle processes. In this study, we present the SPACE (Stochastic Population Analysis for Complex Events) program to estimate MSLT functions and their sampling variability. It has several advantages over other programs, including the use of microsimulation and the bootstrap method to estimate the sampling variability. Simulation enables researchers to analyze a broader array of statistics than the deterministic approach, and may be especially advantageous in investigating distributions of MSLT functions. The bootstrap method takes sample design into account to correct the potential bias in variance estimates.

Author's Affiliation

Liming Cai - National Center for Health Statistics, United States of America [Email]
Mark Hayward - University of Texas at Austin, United States of America [Email]
Yasuhiko Saito - Nihon University, Japan [Email]
James Lubitz - National Center for Health Statistics, United States of America [Email]
Aaron Hagedorn - University of Southern California, United States of America [Email]
Eileen Crimmins - University of Southern California, United States of America [Email]

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