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International Handbook of Adult Mortality

Volume 2 of the series International Handbooks of Population pp 49-81

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Adult Mortality in Europe

  • Marc LuyAffiliated withVienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences Email author 
  • , Christian WegnerAffiliated withVienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • , Wolfgang LutzAffiliated withVienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of SciencesInternational Institute for Applied Systems AnalysisWU–Vienna, University of Economics and Business

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Abstract

Levels and trends of adult mortality in Europe over the last half-century were clustered geographically: Western Europe with the most favorable health conditions, Eastern Europe with the least favorable, and Central Europe falling in between. Each of these regions shows internal variation in mortality levels, with the least variability among the Western European and the highest differences among the Eastern European countries. The trisection characterizes not only overall adult mortality but also, with a few exceptions, age- and cause-of-death-specific mortality as well as tempo-adjusted life expectancy.