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From January of 2020, the Discussion Papers and Budapest Working Papers series have been merged and renamed as  CERS-IE Working Papers. The goal of  CERS-IE Working Paper series is to promote discussion and provoke comments, they have not been peer-reviewed. Any references to discussion papers should clearly state that the paper is preliminary. Materials published in this series may be subject to further publication.

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2020/23 Mária Lackó Disparities in premature and old age mortality in Europe in the first decade of the 2000s CERS-IE Working Papers Download publication

2020/23 Disparities in premature and old age mortality in Europe in the first decade of the 2000s Mária Lackó

This study presents disparities in mortality rates of 38-41 European countires and attempts at giving explanations for these. Explanatory factors of premature (0-64 ages) and old age (above 65 years old) mortality rates are compared accordig to cause-specific diseases and genders for 2009. In addition, mortality disparities due to avoidable (preventable and treatable) diseases are analyzed on a narrower sample of countries for 2015.

The model applied in the investigations takes into account the living conditions and life-styles of the population in the given countries i.e. GDP per capita, geographical location, air-pollution, educational level, tobacco and spirit consumption habits, and health care expenditures.

The most astonishing result is connected with the effect of air pollution: this factor has a similarly big weight in increasing premature male mortality as the well-known factor, tobacco consumption. Moreover, in the case of old age male mortality air pollution even dominate the effect of smoking.

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