Life expectancy and disparity: an international comparison of life table data
Compose Response

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Author Information
First or given name, e.g. 'Peter'.
Your last, or family, name, e.g. 'MacMoody'.
Your email address, e.g.
Your role and/or occupation, e.g. 'Orthopedic Surgeon'.
Your organization or institution (if applicable), e.g. 'Royal Free Hospital'.
Statement of Competing Interests


  • Responses are moderated before posting and publication is at the absolute discretion of BMJ, however they are not peer-reviewed
  • Once published, you will not have the right to remove or edit your response. Removal or editing of responses is at BMJ's absolute discretion
  • If patients could recognise themselves, or anyone else could recognise a patient from your description, please obtain the patient's written consent to publication and send them to the editorial office before submitting your response [Patient consent forms]
  • By submitting this response you are agreeing to our full [Response terms and requirements]
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Vertical Tabs

Other responses

  • Published on:
    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...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.
  • Published on:
    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...

    Show More
    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.