I Am Immortal

6 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020

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Riccardo Trezzi

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: April 2017


I suggest a model to forecast life expectancy based on the electrocardiogram signal. I show how the heart electrical activity can be decomposed in the state‐space and that the suggested model has superior out‐of‐sample properties compared to a set of alternatives. When the model is used to forecast my own electrocardiogram, a striking result arises: the n‐step ahead forecast remains bounded and positive even after one googol period. Therefore, my life expectancy tends to infinity implying that .

JEL Classification: I10, I19

Suggested Citation

Trezzi, Riccardo, I Am Immortal (April 2017). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp. 1161-1166, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12419

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