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Faster Increases in Human Life Expectancy Could Lead to Slower Population Aging

Dowd, Jennifer Beam and Sanderson, Warren and Scherbov, Sergei (2015) Faster Increases in Human Life Expectancy Could Lead to Slower Population Aging. PLoS ONE, 10 (4). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Counterintuitively, faster increases in human life expectancy could lead to slower population aging. The conventional view that faster increases in human life expectancy would lead to faster population aging is based on the assumption that people become old at a fixed chronological age. A preferable alternative is to base measures of aging on people's time left to death, because this is more closely related to the characteristics that are associated with old age. Using this alternative interpretation, we show that faster increases in life expectancy would lead to slower population aging. Among other things, this finding affects the assessment of the speed at which countries will age.

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Additional Information: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement no ERC2013-AdG 323947-Re-Ageing. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Sozialpolitik > Demographie > Wittgenstein Centre
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Mohammad Al Hessan
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 06 May 2018 00:39
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URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5917

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