Adult Mortality in the Developing World: Methods and Measures
Objective: To discuss, review and improve on methods and measures for adult mortality in the developing world in the context of the work of the "Adult Mortality in Developing Countries" research project.
Dates: July 8-11, 2004
Location: Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, California (in Marin County, California, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes north of San Francisco)
Sponsor: The Hopkins Population Center (HPC) and the UC Berkeley's Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA)
Organizers: Kenneth Hill (HPC) and John Wilmoth (CEDA)
Format: Eight scientific sessions of 1 hour each over 2 days. Two papers were presented (20 minutes) at each session, each followed by commentary (15 minutes) from a discussant and then general discussion (20 minutes)
Topics: Over the past four years, the Adult Mortality in Developing Countries Working Group (part of a broader project to assses the global burden of disease in the year 2000) has been carrying out research on both the methodology for measuring adult mortality in the developing world and on levels, trends, and patterns of such mortality. The group has met once a year to review progress and brainstorm new ideas.
In 2004, the project was now coming to an end. We extended our annual meeting into a larger Workshop, "Adult Mortality in the Developing World: Methods and Measures," to present our findings to a broader group of researchers interested in these issues and to obtain feedback and new ideas for future studies.
The AMDC project has focused on both substantive and methodological issues. The session topics were split between presentations of substantive findings concerning adult mortality in the developing world (levels, trends, age/sex patterns) and presentations concerning both the performance and new developments of a wide variety of estimation methods.