Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223489
Authors: 
Dahl, Gordon B.
Kreiner, Claus Thustrup
Nielsen, Torben Helen
Serena, Benjamin Ly
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8417
Abstract: 
We decompose changing gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor into differential changes in age-specific mortality rates and differences in “survivability”. Declining age-specific mortality rates increases life expectancy, but the gain is small if the likelihood of living to this age is small (ex ante survivability) or if the expected remaining lifetime is short (ex post survivability). Lower survivability of the poor explains half of the recent rise in life expectancy inequality in the US and the entire rise in Denmark. Cardiovascular mortality declines favored the poor, but differences in lifestyle-related survivability led inequality to rise.
Subjects: 
life expectancy inequality
mortality inequality
JEL: 
I14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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