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Welcome to the Max Planck Institute
for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. At the MPIDR, researchers from all over the world investigate demographic change, aging, fertility, biological demography and other issues at the forefront of population research. The Institute is headed by its directors James W. Vaupel and Mikko Myrskylä.

The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.


January 14, 2015

Research Scientist (tenured or fixed-term), Post-Doctoral Fellow, and PhD Student levels

The MPIDR has established two new laboratories, the Laboratory of Population Health and the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-being, and is recruiting highly qualified scientists at all levels from PhD student to tenured research scientist. more

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Latest Publications

Schnettler, S.; Klüsener, S.

Economic stress or random variation? Revisiting German reunification as a natural experiment to investigate the effect of economic contraction on sex ratios at birth

Environmental Health, 13:117 (2014)

Geisler, E.

How do welfare state policies shape parental employment patterns? A comparison of Great Britain, eastern and western Germany

Dissertation (2014)

Jdanov, D. A.; Shkolnikov, V. M.

An R-script for the assessment of the cross-sectional and the longitudinal components of a difference between two values of an aggregate demographic measure by contour replacement

MPIDR Technical Report TR-2014-003 (2014)

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January 9, 2015 | News Release


On January 8, 2015 former MPIDR-researcher Felix Rößger has successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Rostock. In his dissertation he focused on migration processes, taking a demographic perspective. more

December 18, 2014 | News


On December 17, MPIDR-researcher Tomasz F. Wrycza has successfully defended his PhD at the University of Rostock. His doctoral work provides the mathematical foundations for an approach to aging that is still new. more

December 10, 2014 | Infoletter

Have a child – yes or no? Who prevails?

Read in the new issue of  “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ what factors affect the stability of marriage, why academics are having more children again, and who decides on the number of children to have – the man or the woman? more

December 8, 2014 | News

Jim Vaupel at the Nobel Week Dialogue

On 9th December the Nobel Week Dialogue will be held in Stockholm. The Dialogue is a full-day-event where representatives from politics, society and the scientific community – among them many Nobel Laureates – come together to engage in dialogue on aging society. MPIDR-Director Jim Vaupel will take an active part in the discussions. more


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