Seasonality in Human Mortality

A Demographic Approach

  • Roland Rau

Part of the Demographic Research Monographs book series (DEMOGRAPHIC)

About this book


Seasonal fluctuations in mortality are a persistent phenomenon across populations. In Western countries of the Northern hemisphere, mortality is typically larger in winter than in summer which is attributed to the detrimental effects of cold to health. This does, however, not explain why in colder countries the differences between winter and summer mortality are smaller than in countries with warm or moderate climate. This book, therefore, investigates whether sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors play a role as important for seasonal mortality as they do for mortality in general. Using modern statistical methods, the book shows, for example for the United States, that the fluctuations between winter and summer mortality are smaller the more years someone has spent in school.


Demography Mortality Seasonal Fluctuations Social Factors Statistical Methods statistical method

Authors and affiliations

  • Roland Rau
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Demographic ResearchRostockGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-44900-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-44902-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-5520
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