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Working with Demographic Life Table Data in Stata

Daniel C. Schneider ()
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Daniel C. Schneider: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

2017 Stata Conference from Stata Users Group

Abstract: This presentation introduces two user-written Stata commands related to the data and calculations of demographic life tables, whose most prominent feature is the calculation of life expectancy at birth. The first command, -hmddata-, provides a convenient interface to the Human Mortality Database (HMD,, a database widely used for mortality data by demographers, health researchers, and social scientists. Different subcommands of -hmddata- allow data from this database to be easily loaded, transformed, reshaped, tabulated, and graphed. The second command, -lifetable-, produces demographic period life tables. The main features are: Life table columns can be flexibly calculated using any valid minimum starting information; abridged tables can be generated from complete ones; finally, a Stata data set can hold any number of life tables, and the various -lifetable- subcommands can operate on any subset of them.

Date: 2017-08-10
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