The changing gender differences in life expectancy in Korea 1970–2005

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Publication year: 2012Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 75, Issue 7Seungmi Yang, Young-Ho Khang, Heeran Chun, Sam Harper, John Lynch Women live much longer than men in Korea, with remarkable gains in life expectancy at birth for the past decades. The gender differential has steadily increased over time, reaching a peak of more than 8 years in 1980s, and decreased thereafter to 6.7 years in 2005. Studies to investigate the pattern and contributing factors to changes in the life expectancy gender gap have been mostly from Western countries, and there has been no such study in Asian countries, except in Japan. We therefore aimed to examine age- and cause-specific contributions to the changing gender differentials in life expectancy in Korea, in particular the decline of the gap, using a decomposition method.

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The changing gender differences in life expectancy in Korea 1970–2005