United Nations (1982). Model Life Tables for Developing Countries (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.81.XIII.7).
- Preface and Table of contents (1963 KB)
- Introduction (374 KB)
- Chapter I: Description of the data base (733 KB)
- Chapter II. Construction of the model life tables (1578 KB)
- Chapter III. Overview of the model age patterns (3011 KB)
- Chapter IV. Use of the model tables (3352 KB)
- Chapter V. Sex differentials in mortality (1088 KB)
- Chapter VI. Description of the annexes (467 KB)
- Annex I: United Nations model life tables (5849 KB)
- Annex II: Single-year mortality under age 5 (937 KB)
- Annex III: Five-year life table survival ratios (755 KB)
- Annex IV: Ten-year life table survival ratios (722 KB)
- Annex V: Description of life table construction for the input life tables (3370 KB)
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Survivorship functions vary among countries and change differently during the universal process of mortality decline; these variations can be broadly classified in regional patterns. Age patterns of mortality in developing countries differ from those of historical European experience; moreover, the developing world is diverse. This publication describes the methodology and use of model life tables for estimating the national age pattern of mortality in a country when direct data is missing. The database of model life tables contained in the volume became an indispensable tool for many demographers. It is related to The concept of a stable population: application to the study of populations of countries with incomplete demographic statistics, Manual X and cluster Population Projections.