Journal of Population Research

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 161–176 | Cite as

The effect of World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic on cohort life expectancy of South Australian males born in 1881–1900



Cohort lifetime distribution functions have been estimated for the twenty separate calendar year cohorts of South Australian males born in 1881–1900. A cohort life expectancy at birth was calculated from each of these distribution functions, and a composite assessment made of the reduction in cohort life expectancy at birth due to both World War I 1914–1918 and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. By partitioning each cohort, the cohort life expectancy at birth of the subgroup that had overseas military service is estimated to be 85 to 90 per cent of the cohort life expectancy at birth of the subgroup that remained in South Australia.


life expectancy cohort analysis war influenza male mortality South Australia 1918 World War I pandemic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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