Determinants of Mortality
The purpose of this conference was to examine which factors appear to explain mortality reductions over time as well as cross-sectionally, both within and between countries. Another purpose was to attempt to resolve differences in the existing theories, including considering whether there might exist a unified framework to characterize mortality changes and differentials. The meeting was largely informal and there was no presentation of papers. Directions for future work included extending work beyond industrialized countries, understanding differences in behavior, understanding the long-term impacts of nutrition and other inputs early in life and across generations, and reconciling trends and cross-section results.