Latin America and the Caribbean Demographic Observatory 2017

Life Tables

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The Demographic Observatory 2017, devoted to the topic of mortality, supports analysis of mortality differentials by sex and age in the Latin American countries between 1950 and 2020. The tables presented in this edition were obtained by interpolation of the life tables implicit in 2017 revision of the population estimates and projections prepared by CELADE-Population Division of ECLAC, jointly or in consultation with the countries’ national statistical offices. As usual, an analytical chapter is included, on this occasion presenting mortality differentials by age and sex in selected countries, thereby providing an overview of mortality and some of its particular features in the region in this period.

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Mortality in Latin America: Differentials by sex and age

The measurement and analysis of mortality, in addition to being key components of population dynamics, are of interest to a number of disciplines and fields of action, including health, social security and social policies as a whole. This broad interest reflects the fact that life is the most highly prized asset for everyone, hence the significant efforts to postpone death and minimize its individual and social impact. Mortality is, moreover, an indicator of the health situation and living conditions of the population.


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