Demographic Research Monographs

How Long Do We Live?

Demographic Models and Reflections on Tempo Effects

Editors: Barbi, Elisabetta, Bongaarts, John, Vaupel, James W. (Eds.)

  • Details new methods and adjustments of existing ones for the measurement of human longevity
  • Provides comprehensive coverage on the subject of human longevity
  • Includes tables, illustrations, and examples, which offer an intuitive and visually oriented demonstration of methods
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About this book

The most widely used measure of longevity is the period life expectancy at birth which is calculated from age specific death rates by life table methods. In 2002, John Bongaarts and Griffith Feeney introduced the revolutionary idea that this conventional estimate of period life expectancy is distorted by a tempo effect whenever longevity is changing. The tempo effect is defined as an inflation or deflation of the period incidence of a demographic event resulting from a rise or fall in the mean age at which the event occurs. Some demographers agree with this radical argument; others disagree. The book reviews the debate on how best to measure period longevity. In the various chapters, leading experts in demography critically examine the existence of the tempo effect in mortality, present extensions and applications, and compare period and cohort longevity measures. The book provides a deeper understanding of and new insights into the fundamental question "How long do we live"?

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • How long do we live? Demographic models and reflections on tempo effects: An introduction

    Barbi, Elisabetta

    Pages 1-8

  • Estimating mean lifetime

    Bongaarts, John (et al.)

    Pages 11-27

  • The quantum and tempo of life-cycle events

    Bongaarts, John (et al.)

    Pages 29-65

  • Demographic translation and tempo effects: An accelerated failure time perspective

    Rodríguez, Germán

    Pages 69-92

  • Lifesaving, lifetimes and lifetables

    Vaupel, James W.

    Pages 93-107

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eBook $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-09727-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Long Do We Live?
Book Subtitle
Demographic Models and Reflections on Tempo Effects
Editors
  • Elisabetta Barbi
  • John Bongaarts
  • James W. Vaupel
Series Title
Demographic Research Monographs
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-78520-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-78520-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-78519-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09727-0
Series ISSN
1613-5520
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 284
Number of Illustrations and Tables
58 b/w illustrations
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