Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 213–224 | Cite as

Comparing mortality estimates based on different administrative records

  • Richard G. Rogers
  • Jacqueline A. Carrigan
  • Mary Grace Kovar


This study investigates how age and race are reported in interviews and on death certificates and how these demographic assignments affect life expectancy estimates for the total population, for males and females, and for blacks and whites. Differential reporting of demographic characteristics can produce different estimated life expectancies and thus differential assessments of the sex and race gaps in life expectancy. This difference underscores the need to define demographic characteristics carefully and to examine multivariate models and projections cautiously.

Differential mortality Life expectancy Racial and ethnic differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard G. Rogers
    • 1
  • Jacqueline A. Carrigan
    • 1
  • Mary Grace Kovar
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ColoradoUSA
  2. 2.National Opinion Research Center (NORC)USA

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