Current actuarial approaches to the assessment of future mortality trends are heavily reliant on reference to historical mortality data
By definition, changes in the average human lifespan emerge slowly over time. It can be useful though to reclassify this emergence as the long term result of a series of various trigger events that occur at a single point in time. These are called Longevity Catalysts.
The Longevity Catalysts Working Party was set up in 2012 and closed in March 2019. It was set up by the actuarial profession to answer one simple question:
"What future events are we aware of today whose occurrence is likely to be coupled with a significant impact on UK longevity?"
- Longevity Catalysts Website
- Presentation at Life Conference 2012
- Article in The Actuary (online - October 2013)
- Longevity Catalysts (Life Conference, 2013)
The working party closed in March 2019, and transitioned to a Member Interest Group.
Chair: Christopher Ballard