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Life expectancy [message #23196] Thu, 29 July 2021 02:20 Go to next message is currently offline
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Dear All

Could you please guide me if:

a) Life expectancy estimates can be found in DHS reports or Statcompiler
b) Whether life expectancy estimates can be estimated from DHS datasets
c) If so, are the Stata codes on Github for that purpose
Re: Life expectancy [message #23200 is a reply to message #23196] Thu, 29 July 2021 10:21 Go to previous message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from DHS Research & Data Analysis Director, Tom Pullum:

No, DHS surveys do not produce data on mortality that is sufficiently complete across ages to allow the calculation of life expectancy. The infant death rate, child death rate, and under-5 death rate, when divided by 1000, are equivalent to 1q0, 4q1, and 5q0, respectively. The chapter on adult and maternal mortality (when included) usually gives an estimate of 30q15 or 45q15. With these numbers you could work with model life tables, but the reference time intervals for child mortality and adult mortality are different, so even the use of model life tables would be difficult to justify.

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