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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.

Latest Publications

Bijlsma, M. J. et al.

An assessment and extension of the mechanism-based approach to the identification of age-period-cohort models

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2016-005 (2016)

Vogt, T. C. et al.

German East-West mortality difference: two cross-overs driven by smoking

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2016-004 (2016)

Zeng, Y. et al.

Older parents enjoy better filial piety and care from daughters than sons in China

American Journal of Medical Research, 3:1 (2016)

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

R programs for writing HMD life tables and HMD death rates to pooled data files

MPIDR Technical Report TR-2016-001 (2016)

More Publications


July 19, 2016 | New Publication

Why men feel healthier and women live longer

In most countries, men score pretty well in assessing their own health. Yet they have a lower life expectancy. The paradox is especially pronounced in Russia, where men on average die eleven years earlier – yet they are healthier. Or are they not? more

July 6, 2016 | Infoletter

Unequal distribution of life-years

Read in the new issue of " Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand " why men feel that they are healthier yet women live longer, and how the job, money, and education determines our life expectancy. more

June 20, 2016 | New Publication

The demographic situation in Europe in 2060

The MPIDR researcher Fanny Kluge has estimated how different the effects of an aging society will be on different European countries. One finding of her work is that the countries that have yet to recover from the Great Recession will face massive problems within a few decades.  more

June 16, 2016 | Interview

“Forecasts are the ultimate test of whether a theory is correct"

Since April 2016, Roland Rau has been heading the new MPIDR research group "Mathematical and Actuarial Demography". In this interview, he explains why it is important to return to the origins of demography. more


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