Differentials in life expectancy and active life expectancy by socioeconomic status among older adults in Beijing

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Sociology
Program Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA)
Creator Zimmer, Zachary
Other Author Kaneda, Toshiko; Tang, Zhe
Title Differentials in life expectancy and active life expectancy by socioeconomic status among older adults in Beijing
Date 2004
Description The study compares estimates of life expectancy and active life expectancy across indicators of socioeconomic status for a cohort of older adults in Beijing Municipality. Our aim is to determine whether associations found are consistent across indicators and with those typically observed in Western industrialized countries. A multistate life table method is used to estimate expected years of total and active life, defined as life spent without limitation in functions necessary for performing daily tasks. We find that men of higher status experience advantages with respect to life and active life expectancies. Among women, only active life expectancy is significantly greater for those of higher status, but the difference by income is not statistically significant. With respect to the proportion of life spent in an active state, both men and women of higher status benefit in comparison to their lower status counterparts. Finally, we find that disparities by socioeconomic status generally increase with age. Despite several inconsistencies across socioeconomic status indicators by sex, findings generally confirm inequalities within a society that is organized very differently socially, economically, and politically from countries in the West.
Type Text
Publisher Population Council
First Page 1
Last Page 28
Subject Active life expectancy; Functional limitations
Subject LCSH Life expectancy -- China; Socioeconomic status
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Kaneda, T., Zimmer, Z., & Tang, Z. (2004). Differentials in life expectancy and active life expectancy by socioeconomic status among older adults in Beijing. Policy Research Division Working Papers Series, 189, 1-28.
Rights Management (c)Population Council
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 704378
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s66d6b9z
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