Incorporating Datavant’s Death Index in Mortality Analysis
One of the evolving datasets with the COVID-19 Research Database is the Datavant population mortality information. This report notes the features of the database, discuss their potential use and limitations, examines data reliability and reviews it potential use as an additional data set and input to mortality improvement models.
Thanks to the Society of Actuaries and the Actuarial Science program at Columbia University for their generous support. Our gratitude goes to the SOA for reviewing our presentation and discussions, and to Thomas J. Murphy and Ira Kastrinsky at Columbia University for their insights and support. Thanks to the COVID-19 Research Database partners, who are acknowledged at https://covid19researchdatabase.org, for generously supplying the data.
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