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Causes of death patterns and life expectancy: explaining USA gap.

Stefano Mazzuco, University of Padova
Stefano Campostrini, University of Venice
Emanuele Aliverti, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Daniele Durante, Bocconi University

The evolution of longevity across countries is quite diverse and it still remains unclear what determined such different patterns throughout the last decades. In this paper we consider a functional regression for life expectancy gap of United States with other countries with causes of deaths compositions. A preliminary comparison among Italy and United States indicates interesting trends in the evolution of life expectancy, with trajectories that overlap until the early 80s and then diverge substantially. We attempt to justify such differences by studying variations in the causes of mortality across these periods of interest, trying to justify potential driving factors for such divergences.

Keywords: Longevity, Mortality

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  Presented in Session 20. Mortality and Causes of Death