Proportional hazards life table models: an illustrative analysis of socio-demographic influences on marriage dissolution in the United States
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- Menken, J., Trussell, J., Stempel, D. et al. Demography (1981) 18: 181. doi:10.2307/2061092
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The proportional hazards life table is a recently developed approach to the analysis of survival data when mortality risks vary among individuals. It assumes that at a given age (or duration since the start of a life) the force of mortality is a constant (specific to that age) multiplied by a proportionality factor which is determined by the characteristics of the individual and does not change unless these covariates do. In this paper, the method is reviewed for the case where the covariates are fixed at the start of the lifetime and illustrated by an application to marital dissolution in the United States.