International Workshop on Subnational Life Tables

International Workshop on Subnational Life Tables
Hosted by the ANU School of Demography and the Human Mortality Database team, workshop focused on mortality at the subnational level, with particular interest in studies using country-specific databases related to the Human Mortality Database (HMD).
Program (770 KB), includes links to individual presentations
The HMD is the leading source of mortality and population data at the national level and contains detailed data for over 40 populations.

Additionally, there exist four country-specific databases devoted to subnational data series:

Subnational data series will also be released for Germany (in 2019) and France (in 2020). All these databases use the standard HMD methods, and the workshop discussed the applicability of the standard HMD methods to subnational data and consider alternative methods to assure consistency.

The themes of the workshop were:

  • Past, present and future of mortality trends at the subnational level
  • Methodological adjustments for creating the mortality series at the subnational level
  • Addressing statistical uncertainties
  • Comparisons including subnational HMD data and other databases (e.g. National Statistical Offices)
  • Presentation of R packages used by the HMD team
  • Spatial analysis of mortality

The overall aim of the Workshop was to strengthen the methods for constructing subnational life tables. 

The Workshop brought together international scholars with an interest in mortality analysis at the subnational level.

For more details, please contact Vladimir Canudas-Romo (

Date & time

Tue 15 Oct 2019, 8.30am – Thu 17 Oct 2019, 5pm


ANU School of Demography


Vladimir Canudas-Romo


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