Andersen, Per Kragh3; Canudas-Romo, Vladimir2; Keiding, Niels3
1 Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 unknown3 Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
Background: A new measure of the number of life years lost due to specific causes of death is introduced. Methods: This measure is based on the cumulative incidence of death, it does not require "independence" of causes, and it satisfies simple balance equations: "total number of life years lost = sum of cause-specific life years lost", and "total number of life years lost before age x + temporary life expectancy between birth and age x = x". Results: The measure is contrasted to alternatives suggested in the demographic literature and all methods are illustrated using Danish and Russian multiple decrement life-tables.
Demographic Research, 2013, Vol 29, Issue 41, p. 1127-1152
competing risks; cumulative incidence; life expectancy; life years lost; multiple decrement life-table