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    Mortality in relation to sex in the affluent world


    Rigby, Jan and Dorling, Danny (2007) Mortality in relation to sex in the affluent world. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 61 (2). pp. 159-164. ISSN 0143-005X

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    Abstract

    Background: This paper explores newly available data for 22 countries with reliably recorded mortality data. The past century saw dramatic falls in mortality for both males and females in the most affluent countries of the world. However, these falls are not consistent for both men and women and the inequalities in the male:female mortality ratios are not well understood. Design: By aggregating mortality at each year of life for the 22 countries for those years for which reliable data were recorded (during the period 1850–1999), distinct patterns emerge. Results: In the richer countries of the world, the male:female mortality ratio has been widening for all years of age, particularly for those born from 1942 onwards. Specific cohort effects are clearly identifiable. Conclusion: Analysis of the emergent trends suggests that economic activity, status and position possibly provide a better overall explanatory model than a purely biomedical approach.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: mortality; male:female mortality ratios;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12212
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2006.047381
    Depositing User: Jan Rigby
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 16:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
    Publisher: BMJ Journals
    Refereed: Yes
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