Methods


This data base contains (a) census and vital statistics information on population size (starting in 1841) and death counts (starting in 1900) and up to 2014 for 19 countries; (b) life tables (every five and ten years) adjusted for undercount and for adult age misstatement by five and single year age groups (using 85 and 100 as open age groups); (c) mortality rates by causes of deaths (unadjusted and adjusted for completeness, age misstatement and ill-defined causes of death) starting in 1945, associated single decrement, and multiple decrement life tables; and (d) reconstructed (estimated) cohort life tables for birth cohorts born from 1850 onward.


UPDATE

A full explanation of the methods used to adjust the data and produce the time series of life tables contained in this website is available here.
The documentation shows an extensive study of simulated data, application of well-known and well-tested methods of indirect estimation as well as new methods to adjust for age misreporting.
There is an additional publication that summarizes key methodologies employed throughout, see this book chapter.

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