Life expectancy and disparity: an international comparison of life table data
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    Life expectancy record holders have about average life disparity levels at each life expectancy level

    Alyson A. van Raalte, James W. Vaupel, Zhen Zhang

    Monden and Smits raise a valid point that "the countries that reached a certain e(0) first are not the most equal countries at that level of e(0)" [1]. We do not dispute this. In fact, we performed a similar analysis in the supporting material (Figure S4) [2]. At each e(0) level, our figure compared the life disparity level of e(0) leaders to the average life...

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    None declared.
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    Life expectancy record holders not most equal if compared within life expectancy levels
    • Jeroen Smits, Associate Professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Christiaan Monden

    Christiaan Monden, lecturer (1), Jeroen Smits, associate professor (2)

    1. University of Oxford, 2. Radboud University Nijmegen

    Vaupel, Zhang and Van Raalte (VZ&V) have made an interesting contribution to the study of variation in length of life (or life disparity as they call it) on the basis of life table data [1]. A fascinating aspect of this literature is that the inequality measures that are...

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    None declared.