Regional Mortality Differences in Germany

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 1, 2012 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Regional mortality differences are one dimension of health inequalities, but its trends and determinants in Germany are widely unknown. This book examines and illustrates patterns of regional mortality in Germany—with focus on small-area differentials—and their changes over time. It identifies explanatory factors at individual and regional level. Mortality differences between eastern and western Germany exist, but small-area mortality differentials are often greater. Though the main spatial mortality patterns remain, this study provides evidence that some distinct changes in the small-area mortality patterns in Germany—especially among women—occurred within a short period of time. Mortality inequalities at younger ages and in behavior-related causes as well as differences in socioeconomic conditions contribute strongly to regional mortality differences in Germany. The book shows that the complex interplay between individual- and regional-level mortality risk factors requires a multidimensional approach to reduce regional mortality inequalities.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Questions
9
Chapter 3 Mortality Differentials Across Germanys Federal States
47
Chapter 4 Mortality Differentials Across Germanys Districts
91
Chapter 5 Determinants of OldAge Mortality and Its Regional Variation Composition and Context
163
Chapter 6 Conclusion
205
Appendices
216
Abbreviations
273
References
275
Index
296
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