Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Race Crossover in Longevity

  • Elizabeth AriasEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_795-1

Definition

The race crossover in longevity (mortality) is defined as the convergence, intersection, and inversion of the age-specific mortality curves of two distinct race groups in a population, where one group experiences higher mortality throughout most of the life span up until a given advanced age and then experiences lower mortality throughout the remaining life span.

Overview

The race crossover in longevity (mortality) is defined as the convergence, intersection, and inversion of the age-specific mortality curves of two distinct race groups in a population, where one group experiences higher mortality throughout most of the life span up until a given advanced age and then experiences lower mortality throughout the remaining life span. The most important characteristic that distinguishes the two race groups is their disparate social and economic standing in society (Hummer 1996). The population with the higher mortality in the younger ages is usually socially and economically...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mortality Statistics Branch, Division of Vital StatisticsNational Center for Health StatisticsHyattsvilleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kirill Andreev
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  1. 1.Population Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsUnited NationsNew YorkUSA