Mortality and Life Expectancy Forecasting for a Group of Populations in Developed Countries: A Robust Multilevel Functional Data Method

  • Han Lin Shang
Conference paper


A robust multilevel functional data method is proposed to forecast age-specific mortality rate and life expectancy for two or more populations in developed countries with high-quality vital registration systems. It uses a robust multilevel functional principal component analysis of aggregate and population-specific data to extract the common trend and population-specific residual trend among populations. This method is applied to age- and sex-specific mortality rate and life expectancy for the United Kingdom from 1922 to 2011, and its forecast accuracy is then further compared with standard multilevel functional data method. For forecasting both age-specific mortality and life expectancy, the robust multilevel functional data method produces more accurate point and interval forecasts than the standard multilevel functional data method in the presence of outliers.


Markov Chain Monte Carlo Forecast Error Prediction Interval Forecast Accuracy Functional Principal Component Analysis 
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The author is grateful for the invitation by Professor Graciela Boente to participate the ICORS2015 conference. The author thanks comments and suggestions received from the participants of the ICORS2015 conference, and the participants of the Bayesian methods for population estimation workshop held at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in May, 2015.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and StatisticsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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