# How have male and female infant mortality rates changed since the 1950s? Which sex has improved fastest?

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## My country of choice is Norway.

My country of choice is Norway.
Obtain data from:Human Mortality Databasehttp://www.mortality.org/ . You may need to register first.
Undertake the assignment using data for your chosen country covering the period 1950 to the most recent (as available).
If your chosen country is not available, see PowerPoint slide in Course noticeboard.
Part A(available 27 April 2018) [15% of total marks] [word limit 400]
Use downloaded decennial mortality data by quinquennial age groups (0,1-4,5-9,110+) for the total population. Usingthe most recent data as the standard, and any calculations you wish to perform, undertake a descriptive and interpretative analysis of mortality including, but not limited to, the following:

The changing age distribution of observed deaths
The changing age pattern of mortality
A comparison of the crude death rate and the (directly) standardised death rate

Part B(available 2May 2018) [15% of total marks]
Use downloaded sex-specific deaths and population data by quinquennial age groups (0,1-4,5-9,110+) for the 1950s (as available) and the most recent period (as available), and any other basic data you may require from HMD. Undertake your own calculationsto provide graphical evidence toanswer the following questions:

How have male and female infant mortality rates changed since the 1950s? Which sex has improved fastest?
How has the female lowest age-specific death rate changed since the 1950s?
How havethe female life table functions lxndxand exchanged since the 1950s?
Why does ndx differ from the observed age distribution of deathsnDx?

Note: See ‘open-ended.xlsx’ available with this assignment for help with death rates exceeding 1.
Parts A and B
Your analytical report should include all appropriate figures,  and provide an interpretation of your analysis (especially Part A and Part B question 3). All data, calculations and figures should be clearly presented in an excel workbook.

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