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Life expectancy losses during the COVID-19 pandemic and future prospects

Variations in the age patterns and magnitudes of excess deaths, as well as differences in population sizes and age structures make cross-national comparisons of the cumulative mortality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic challenging. Life expectancy is a widely-used indicator that provides a clear and cross-nationally comparable picture of the population-level impacts of the pandemic on mortality. This talk will be about the impact of the pandemic on high income countries in 2020, and prospects for 2021, as well as comparisons with trends observed in 2015-19. Using demographic methods, we further examine which specific age groups contributed to reductions in life expectancy in 2020 and to what extent reductions were attributable to official COVID-19 deaths.

Please note that this is a hybrid event with in-person speaker.  People are welcome to attend in person at the Oxford Martin School or participate  on-line via Zoom.

Please register 12 hours before the seminar.

Seminar Registration 

If you attend in person please comply with Oxford University COVID-19 policy in place at OMS.  Use the sanitizing station and wear a mask on arrival, and maintain a 1 metre distance from your colleagues during the seminar.

About the Speaker

Dr José Manuel Aburto, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

José Manuel’s overarching research aim is to produce novel insights on population health inequalities and better understand the link between health inequalities and social determinants of health. He works on developing and advancing formal demographic techniques to measure and understand inequalities in the length of life, and he uses these methods to examine the structural and social determinants of population health inequalities. 

He joined the University of Oxford and LCDS to hold the Newton International Fellowship from the British Academy. He completed a PhD in Health Sciences and Demography in 2020 at the University of Southern Denmark and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. He also has graduate training in Demography through research fellowships held at the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, at Sapienza University of Rome under the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD), and an MA at El Colegio de México.

This event is part of a seminar series:

Michaelmas 2021 Seminar Series - Future Perspectives on Ageing

Event Details

18 November 2021 14:00 - 15:00


Oxford Martin School

34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets) Oxford OX1 3BD