Individual Survival Curves Comparing Subjective and Observed Mortality Risks*

Short summary: 

This paper’s estimation of survival curves leads to estimates of remaining life expectancy for various American population groups as well as to expectations of joint survival and widowhood by household. Subgroups such as blacks, more educated respondents, smokers and respondents from younger cohorts are in general over-optimistic regarding their survival prospects.

Publication Authors: 
Luc Bissonnette
Michael D. Hurd
Pierre-Carl Michaud


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