CitationHussey, Jon M. & Elo, Irma T. (1997). Cause-Specific Mortality among Older African-Americans: Correlates and Consequences of Age Misreporting. Social Biology, 44(3-4), 227-246.
AbstractThis paper examines the quality of age reporting on death certificates of elderly African-Americans by major causes of death. We utilize a sample of death certificates linked to early census records and to Social Security Administration records to establish a "true" age at death. We then examine the patterns, predictors, and consequences of age misreporting for major causes of death. We find a pattern of greater age misreporting among females, identify educational background as a key predictor of accurate age reporting, and show that mortality crossovers are eliminated for most causes of death when more accurate age data are used.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSocial Biology
Author(s)Hussey, Jon M.
Elo, Irma T.