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The Impact of Covid-19 on Future Higher-Age Mortality

7/10/2020 1 - 2 p.m.


Who Should Watch

Financial services professionals.


Covid-19 has created the worst global pandemic since the Spanish flu, impacting communities and economies around the world. The pandemic also has real implications for pension funds, insurance companies and academics who model and measure longevity risk. Join Prudential Retirement’s Amy Kessler, Professor Andrew Cairns (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) and Professor David Blake (Cass Business School, London) as they share their new research that examines how Covid-19 may affect the future of mortality rates, particularly at higher ages where the impact of the virus has been most acute. They will address many questions, including:

  • What is the relationship between existing co-morbidities or frailties and Covid-19 deaths?
  • Will there be a material anti-selection bias in the surviving population once the pandemic runs its course?
  • How do socio-economic differences impact Covid-19 mortality?
  • Will Covid-19 survivors carry forward some form of impairment, and will these impairments shorten life expectancy?
  • What are the likely behavioral responses to the pandemic that may affect life expectancy?


Professor Andrew J.G. Cairns
Maxwell Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, andHeriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Professor David Blake
City University of London
Director of Pensions

Amy Kessler
Senior Vice President
Head of Longevity Risk Transfer
Prudential Financial,

Contact us to learn more:

Alison Salka, Ph.D.

Principal Research Consultant


(860) 285-7754

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