International Research Reports

If you’re looking for research projects and reports on international topics, you’ve come to the right place. The SOA offers research, authored by an individual or a team of authors, for download in just a few clicks.


  • International Health Care Funding Report
    The SOA’s International Section, in collaboration with the International Actuarial Association Health Section and the American Academy of Actuaries Health Practice International Committee, is pleased to make available a research report providing a comparison of health financing arrangements in 36 countries. The report is meant to be easy-to-follow and visual to bring clarity to a complex topic.
  • Canadian Report on the Survey of Post-Level Premium Period Lapse and Mortality Assumptions for Level Premium Term Plans
    The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and Society of Actuaries (SOA) engaged RGA Reinsurance Company (RGA) to undertake a research project on level premium term life insurance products with a particular focus on the magnitude and impact of the “shock lapse” at the end of the level premium period. This project is similar to the SOA-sponsored research completed by RGA in 2014 for USA business.
  • Spotlight on Retirement: Latin America
    The Society of Actuaries (SOA) and LIMRA jointly commissioned this research in Latin America to study current and future retirement market opportunities. In the twenty-first century, Latin America has undergone a significant and rapid demographic shift towards an aging population.


  • Modeling and Forecasting Cause-of-Death Mortality
    The Product Development Section, the Financial Reporting Section, the Modeling Section and the Committee on Life Insurance Research are pleased to present new research on modeling and forecasting cause-of-death mortality.
  • Aging in Singapore, Implications for Long-Term Care Financing
    Today, Singapore is one of the fastest aging populations in the world. With life expectancy currently in excess of 80 years and continuing to increase in the face of declining fertility rates, the percentage of citizens aged 65+ is estimated to double from 12.4% in 2014 to 24.0% in 2030, rising to more than 30% in 2050. This study addresses the impact of Singapore’s aging population on long-term care financing.
  • The Use of Big Data and Data Analytics to Enhance Insurer Operations in Asia-Pacific
    There are various technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud computing and the internet that are playing a key role in the development of big data and data analytics. These technologies are expected to become increasingly important in shaping the future of insurance by helping insurance companies build and implement successful applications, taking some of the oldest industries in the world, such as banking and insurance, into the 21st century.
  • Constructing Occupation‐Specific Life Tables for China 
    This report documents the “Constructing Occupation-Specific Life Tables for China” project commissioned by the Society of Actuaries under the “China Research Topics” proposal. The purpose of the project is to construct the most up-to-date occupational life tables for male and female urban employees in China based on administrative data from the Beijing Public Pension System for the period 2005–2009.