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Dr. Tammy Schirle, Wilfrid Laurier University - Febraury 2, 2018
February 2, 2018
Dr. Tammy Schirle, Wilfrid Laurier University, will present a seminar at 4:00 PM in Arts 807
Seminar Title: "Life expectancy and the earnings distribution in Canada: New evidence from administrative data"
Abstract: We study the distribution of longevity using a unique Canadian administrative dataset covering fifty years of public pension contributions and benefits. We have two main goals. First, to assess the gradient of longevity across lifetime earnings quantiles. Second, to assess how this earnings gradient has changed across birth cohorts. Our preliminary results suggest that there is an age-mortality gradient in Canada. Moving from the first to the twentieth ventile of lifetime earnings increases longevity by about three years for men between the ages of 50 and 75. As with other countries, we find that longevity has been increasing across cohorts. However, in contrast to the US, the gains in longevity appear to be roughly balanced across the earnings distribution. Finally, we find that the earnings-mortality gradient is insensitive to different measures of lifetime earnings.
*This lecture is based on a joint article between Dr. Tammy Schirle and Dr. Kevin Milligan (Vancouver School of Economics)
This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Role Model Speaker Fund of the College of Arts and Science
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