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Jose Manuel Aburto, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Unequal trends in causes of death drive life-expectancy differences during COVID-19
When Oct 30, 2023
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Hybrid - 1101 Morrill Hall and Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Seminar

Analyses of life expectancy are important and informative in the context of the pandemic because they allow comparisons of mortality conditions over time and across countries. However, most studies rely on all-cause mortality, and few of them quantify to what extent COVID-19 deaths contributed to  observed life-expectancy changes during the pandemic years. Analysis of other causes of death (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, cancers, suicides) and their contribution to life-expectancy changes contribute to existing research by uncovering the indirect pathways through which the pandemic has affected mortality and population health. Using decomposition methods, we quantify age- and cause-specific contributions to life-expectancy changes in nine countries during 2019–2021. We compare these contributions to the corresponding the five years before the pandemic (2015–2019) to identify whether and how existing patterns of life-expectancy changes were shifted.

About the Speaker

Jose Manuel Alburto

José Manuel Aburto is Brass Blacker Associate Professor of Demography at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and holds the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford, where he also previously held the British Academy Newton International Fellowship. He also holds research appointment at University of Southern Denmark, where he got his PhD in 2020.

He works on mathematical demography development and substantially has studied mortality patterns in Latin America documenting the impact of violence on population health. More recently, his work has focused on the quantification of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on excess mortality and life-expectancy losses.

His work has appeared in more than 45 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals including Demography, Population Studies, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Epidemiology, World Development, and general science outlets such as Nature Communications, Nature Human Behaviour, Science Advances and PNAS. Last year he was awarded the Silver Medal from the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and in 2021 he received the European Demographer Award in the category of promising and upcoming researcher by Population Europe. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of three of the top journals in the field: Demography, Population Studies, and the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Zoom Registration Link. Upon registration, you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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