A closer look at lifespan inequality around the world
People are living longer and ages at death are becoming more similar, suggesting lifespan inequality may be falling. The EU-funded UnequaLives project will investigate how age-specific patterns of mortality drive changes in life expectancy and lifespan inequality. It will apply these methods to analyse recent patterns of life expectancy and lifespan inequality in low-mortality countries, including Europe. The project will also expand terms of discourse about the effects of violence on population health by analysing a neglected perspective, namely lifespan inequality in contexts of high violence by gender. The project will use data from open-access databases, including the Human Mortality Database, the Global Burden of Disease and the Global Peace Index. The findings will have important implications for policies and how to evaluate global population health.