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Regional Mortality Differences in Germany

by Kibele, Eva U.B.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Demographic Research Monographs, A series of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, 1613-5520 Physical details: XXIV, 300 p. 76 illus. online resource. ISBN: 9400744323 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Public health. | Demography. | Human Geography. | Social Sciences. | Demography. | Public Health. | Human Geography.
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Acknowledgements -- List of figures -- List of Tables -- 1: Introduction -- 2: Literature Review and Research Questions -- 3: Mortality Differentials across Germany's Federal States -- 4: Mortality Differentials across Germany's Districts -- 5: Determinants of Old-age Mortality and its Regional Variation.-6:  Conclusion -- A: Mortality Differentials across Germany's Federal States -- B: Mortality Differentials across Germany's Districts -- C: Determinants of Old-age Mortality -- Abbreviations -- Bibliography.

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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