José Manuel Aburto

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University of Southern Denmark and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Research Profile

I am interested on the effects of violence on population health. My most influential work includes five projects I led on documenting the effects of the surge of violence on reversing life expectancy improvements in Latin America. These findings were published in Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Epidemiology, BMJ Global Health and BMJ Open, and reported by major news outlets (The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, CNN). I also quantified the expected years lived as vulnerable to becoming a victim of violence in Mexico performed research on the effect of violence on lifespan inequality in Mexico. My research has reached important audiences outside of academia such as policymakers, NGOs, and the public in general.

Latin America
English, Spanish

Alvarez-Martínez, J., Aburto, J.M., Canudas-Romo, V. (2019) “Latin American convergence and divergence towards the mortality profiles of developed countries” Population Studies.

García, J., Aburto, J.M. (2019,) “The impact of violence on Venezuelan life expectancy and lifespan inequality” International Journal of Epidemiology. doi:10.1093/ije/dyz072

Canudas-Romo, V., Aburto, J.M. (2019) “Youth lost to homicides: The disparities in survival in Latin America and the Caribbean”. BMJ Global Health, 4(2), e001275. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001275

Aburto, J.M., Beltrán-Sánchez H. (2019) “The upsurge of homicides and its impact on life expectancy and lifespan inequality in Mexico, 2005-2015”. American Journal of Public Health, 109(3), 483-489. doi:10.2105/AJPH.

Aburto, J.M., Riffe, T., Canudas-Romo, V. (2018) “Trends in avoidable mortality over the life course in Mexico, 1990-2015: A cross-sectional demographic analysis”. BMJ Open 2018;8:e022350. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen- 2018-022350

Canudas-Romo, V., Aburto, J.M., García-Guerrero, V., Beltrán- Sánchez, H. (2017), “Mexico’s Epidemic of Violence and its Public Health Significance on Average Length of Life”. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71(2), 188-193. doi:10.1136/jech-2015-207015

Aburto, J.M., Beltrán-Sánchez, H., García-Guerrero, V., Canudas-Romo, V. (2016), “Homicides In Mexico Reversed Life Expectancy Gains For Men And Slowed Them For Women, 2000-10”. Health Affairs, 35(1),88- 95.