Effects of age misreporting on mortality estimates at older ages

Samuel H. Preston, Irma T. Elo, Quincy Stewart

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

66 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study examines how age misreporting typically affects estimates of mortality at older ages. We investigate the effects of three patterns of age misreporting - net age overstatement, net age understatement, and symmetric age misreporting - on mortality estimates at ages 40 and above. We consider five methods to estimate mortality: conventional estimates derived from vital statistics and censuses;longitudinal studies where age is identified at baseline;variable-r procedures based on age distributions of the population;variable-r procedures based on age distributions of deaths;and extinct generation methods. For each of the age misreporting patterns and each of the methods of mortality estimation, we find that age misstatement biases mortality estimates downwards at the oldest ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalPopulation Studies
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Effects of age misreporting on mortality estimates at older ages'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this