Global contribution of violence to lifetime uncertainty

Aburto, J. M. (Guest lecturer)

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Uncertainty around age at death, or lifetime uncertainty, is a key public health indicator and a marker of inequality in survival. Whether violence and conflict correlate with lifetime uncertainty is a crucial question with potential implications on individuals’ decisions, and for policymakers to assess the consequences of violence. We analyse whether and how violence influences the dispersion in ages at death, the metric most commonly used to measure lifetime uncertainty. Our preliminary results point at a double burden of violence on longevity: not only does violence shorten individual lives, but it also makes length of life less predictable increasing substantially lifetime uncertainty.
Period11. May 2020
Held atDepartment of sociology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational