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Data on Population Ageing

Updated: 4 July 2014

Below is a list of selected on-line data bases, EXCEL tables and pdf-documents for the study of global trends in population ageing.

World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision (United Nations Population Division)

The 2012 Revision of the World Population Prospects is the twenty-Third round of global demographic estimates and projections undertaken by the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The world population prospects are used widely throughout the United Nations (UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, FAO, UNICEF, UNESCO, etc.) and by many international organizations (The World Bank, IMF, etc.), research centers, academic researchers and the media. This is the original set of demographic estimates and projections for all countries of the world, which is used for numerous derived indexes and analytic reports and papers by various UN agencies and research centers.

The World Population Prospects (WPP) include abridged life tables for all countries of the world and for all periods between 1950 and 2100. In addition, the WPP also includes numerous other indicators relevant for population aging research, such as the median age of the population, adult mortality. etc.

Abridged Life Tables for all countries of the world: male, 1950-2100.
Abridged Life Tables for all countries of the world: female, 1950-2100.

Extended Model Life Tables  (United Nations Population Division)

Two sets of standard model life table families (Coale-Demeny 1966 and 1989, and United Nations, 1982) are commonly used to derive a variety of mortality indicators and as underlying mortality patterns for estimation and projection by the United Nations and the demographic research community at large. But these two sets of model life tables - designed primarily to be used in developing countries or for historical populations cover mortality patterns only for a life span from age 20 to 75. A new set extended model life tables was computed in Spring 2010 by staff of the Population Division (Gerland and Li) based on the modified Lee-Carter approach. After extensive cross-validation against the Human Mortality Database (HMD) performed by Kirill Andreev some constraints have been imposed to ensure convergence toward the HMD mortality experience at high levels of e(0). The nine families of model life tables extended up to e(0)=100 were smoothly blended to the existing ones to insure smooth mortality surfaces by age and sex and e(0) levels. The new model life tables can be downloaded below.

Extended Model Life Tables
Methodology

World Population Ageing (United Nations Population Division)

The World Population Ageing 2013 report is the fourth in a series. The first report was released in 2002 in conjunction with the Second World Assembly on Ageing. The present report, which updates the 2007 and 2009 editions, provides a description of global trends in population ageing and includes new features on the socio-economic and health aspects of ageing. Data on demographic trends used in the present report are taken from the 2012 Revision of the official United Nations World Population Prospects (see above). In addition, data on labor force participation were obtained from the International Labor Organization (2011) and data on statutory retirement age from the United States Social Security Administration (2013). Data on living arrangements and marital status were compiled from the United Nations (2012).

Global Health Observatory (GHO) (United Nations World Health Organization)

The country statistical pages bring together the main health data and statistics for each country, as compiled by WHO and partners in close consultation with Member States, and include descriptive and analytical summaries of health indicators for major health topics.

 

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Paul Irving (2014): The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy and Purpose. Wiley, 1st edition.

Peter Dicken (2011): Global Shift, Sixth Edition: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. The Guilford Press; Sixth Edition.

Ronald Lee, Andrew Mason (2013): Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective. Edward Elgar Pub.

Ted C. Fishman (2010): Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation. Scribner

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