sigma 6/2018: Mortality improvement: understanding the past and framing the future

A number of risk factors, which can be classified as either biomedical, behavioural or socio-economic, have a significant impact on mortality. The latest edition of sigma examines developments in mortality improvement and whether the recent signs that mortality rates are improving are temporary or permanent. The paper explores how technology can help improve longevity and addresses the implications of mortality improvements for insurers.