The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Life Tables

  • Nathan Keyfitz
Reference work entry


Life tables present the age incidence of mortality in a population. The population may be all those people in a country or other area, or some category within a country; it may be all persons counted at a particular moment or period of time, say 1980 (period table); or it may be those born at a particular time and followed through life (cohort table).

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