Social Statistics Seminar Series: Seminar 2 - Monica Alexander on "Competing Effects on the Average Age of Infant Death: Reconsidering the Approximation of 1a0"
|Dates:||8 November 2022|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Current University students|
Abstract: The average length of life for those who die in the first year of life (1a0) is an important lifetable quantity, but due to data availability limitations, generally has to be approximated using pre-determined empirical relationships. We illustrate the competing effect of falling mortality and reduction in preterm births on 1a0, using linked birth-death files from the United States. We use these observations to motivate the formulation of a new approximation formula for 1a0, and show that the newly proposed model outperforms existing alternatives.
Role: Assistant Professor in Statistical Sciences and Sociology
Organisation: University of Toronto
Biography: Monica Alexander is an Assistant Professor in Statistical Sciences and Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on developing statistical methods to help measure demographic and health outcomes. She received a PhD in Demography and Masters in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked on research projects with organizations such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Human Mortality Database.
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