"Life expectancy changes in urban and rural populations of European countries during the pandemic years"
SPEAKER: Ilya Kashnitsky (University of Southern Denmark)
This paper explores differences in mortality dynamics between urban and rural areas of 2X European countries during the two pandemic years 2020 and 2021. The link between population density and the spread of communicable diseases is a well-established phenomenon, yet to what extent it holds after years of ongoing epidemics is a less explored question. We find pronounced and significant differences, with urban areas being harder hit by COVID-19 mortality in most countries.
Ilya Kashnitsky is an Assistant Professor at CPop, University of Southern Denmark. His current research is focused on the sustainability of pension systems under the changing mortality and the analysis of excess deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He holds PhD in Demography from University of Groningen, where he defended a dissertations "Changing regional inequalities in ageing across Europe” in 2020.