World life expectancy and future longevity scenarios

02/2011

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The first part of this document provides an overview of various studies that focus on the causes of mortality improvements as well as of the observed convergence of life expectancies. The later part of the paper examines the effect of improving life expectancy on individual life durations. The question that one may ask is: what is going to happen next? Is there is a limit to a life span? What the possible future scenarios would mean for the life insurance business?

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