Short Methods of Constructing Abridged Life Tables

  • David P. Smith
  • Nathan Keyfitz
Part of the Demographic Research Monographs book series (DEMOGRAPHIC)


In recent years sociologists, public health officers, and students of population problems have been taking an increasing interest in the life table as a description of the age-variation in the chances of death and survival. As a result of this interest in the subject, attention has been focused on rapid methods of constructing abridged life tables. Some of the most interesting and useful methods have been devised by nonactuaries and, probably for that reason, have not received the attention they deserve from the actuarial profession.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David P. Smith
    • 1
  • Nathan Keyfitz
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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