Survival and Longevity
Living longer, living healthier. What will the future bring?
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Life expectancy is rising constantly, at a rate of 2.5 years per decade in developed countries. The bulk of this increase comes from the decline in mortality after age 80, which means that we are living and staying healthy for longer periods of time. The lab investigates the causes and patterns of age-specific improvements in mortality and health, with a focus on the oldest-old. The implications of the ongoing increase in life expectancy for individuals, families, and public policy are also studied.Detailed description
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Effect of the fall of the Berlin Wall: Three hours of life per euro - Each additional euro eastern Germans received in benefits from pensions and public health insurance after reunification accounted for three additional hours of life expectancy.(October 15, 2014)