The Life Table

  • Alain Bélanger
  • Patrick Sabourin
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 43)


With the help of the Modgen wizard, we have developed and successfully run our first microsimulation program. This simple model was able to calculate life expectancy for a cohort whose risk of death remains constant throughout the simulation. For demographers, and probably for most users, this unrealistic mortality hypothesis is unsatisfactory. As a minimum, even in a simple cohort model, mortality should vary with age and sex, thus enabling us to calculate all the components of a conventional life table.


Life Expectancy Life Table Split Function Numerical Range Curly Bracket 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Bélanger
    • 1
  • Patrick Sabourin
    • 1
  1. 1.Urbanisation Culture SociétéInst nat de la recherche scientifique Urbanisation Culture SociétéMontréalCanada

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