International Handbook of Adult Mortality

  • Richard G. Rogers
  • Eileen M. Crimmins

Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Richard G. Rogers, Eileen M. Crimmins
    Pages 1-6
  3. Temporal and Spatial Trends Associated with Mortality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. France Meslé, Jacques Vallin
      Pages 9-47
    3. Marc Luy, Christian Wegner, Wolfgang Lutz
      Pages 49-81
    4. Michael Murphy
      Pages 83-100
    5. Alberto Palloni, Guido Pinto-Aguirre
      Pages 101-132
    6. Zhongwei Zhao
      Pages 133-150
    7. Georges Reniers, Bruno Masquelier, Patrick Gerland
      Pages 151-170
    8. John P. Bongaarts, François Pelletier, Patrick Gerland
      Pages 171-183
  4. Sociodemographic, Economic, Behavioral, and Psychological Determinants of Mortality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Jennifer Karas Montez, Mark D. Hayward
      Pages 187-206
    3. Jean-Marie Robine
      Pages 207-226
    4. Kyriakos S. Markides, Karl Eschbach
      Pages 227-240
    5. Robert A. Hummer, Joseph T. Lariscy
      Pages 241-261
    6. Patrick M. Krueger, Sarah A. Burgard
      Pages 263-288
    7. James S. Jackson, Darrell Hudson, Kiarri Kershaw, Briana Mezuk, Jane Rafferty, Katherine Knight Tuttle
      Pages 311-328
  5. Biological Risk Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Eileen M. Crimmins, Sarinnapha Vasunilashorn
      Pages 381-398
    3. Kaare Christensen, James W. Vaupel
      Pages 399-410
  6. Contextual Effects on Mortality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Arijit Nandi, Ichiro Kawachi
      Pages 413-439
    3. Christopher R. Browning, Eileen E.S. Bjornstrom, Kathleen A. Cagney
      Pages 441-464
  7. Classification of Causes of Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 465-465
    2. Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez
      Pages 491-508
  8. Mathematical and Modeling Approaches to Mortality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 509-509
    2. Patrick Heuveline, Samuel J. Clark
      Pages 511-532
    3. Michel Guillot
      Pages 533-549
    4. Carol Jagger, Jean-Marie Robine
      Pages 551-568
  9. Government Policies Designed to Affect Mortality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 569-569
    2. S. Jay Olshansky, Leonard Hayflick
      Pages 571-581
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 609-625

About this book


This handbook presents a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of unprecedented substantive, theoretical, methodological, and statistical developments and insights, and an in-depth examination of trends and patterns, in adult mortality around the world. With over two dozen chapters and more than fifty authors, this volume draws from top international mortality experts to provide one of the best overviews of life expectancy extant. The handbook documents remarkable gains in life expectancy, which stand out as one of the most important accomplishments of the twentieth century. Individuals in more developed countries can expect to live longer now than ever before, especially the Japanese, who enjoy record-setting life expectancies. The book also explores unfortunate declines in life expectancy in selected countries brought on by such factors as the following: infectious diseases; accidents, suicides, and homicides; and political and economic conflict and turmoil. This book synthesizes the wealth of mortality information available, clearly articulates the central findings to-date, identifies the most appropriate datasets and methods currently available, illuminates the central research questions, and develops an agenda to address these research questions. The authors carefully examine central factors related to mortality, including health behaviors, socioeconomic status, social relations, biomarkers, and genetic factors. The book will prove especially relevant to researchers, students, and policy makers within social and health sciences who want to better understand international trends and patterns in adult mortality.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard G. Rogers
    • 1
  • Eileen M. Crimmins
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. SociologyUniversity of Colorado, BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Davis School of Gerontology, Andrus Gerontology CenterUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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