Constructing increment-decrement life tables


A life table model which can recognize increments (or entrants) as well as decrements has proven to be of considerable value in the analysis of marital status patterns, labor force participation patterns, and other areas of substantive interest. Nonetheless, relatively little work has been done on the methodology of increment-decrement (or combined) life tables. The present paper reviews the general, recursive solution of Schoen and Nelson (1974), develops explicit solutions for three cases of particular interest, and compares alternative approaches to the construction of increment-decrement tables.

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Schoen, R. Constructing increment-decrement life tables. Demography 12, 313–324 (1975).

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  • Linear Method
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  • Algebraic Solution
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