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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.


November 8, 2016

Fellowships for European Doctoral School of Demography

The European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) invites applications for school year 2017-2018. more

January 3, 2017

Studentische Hilfskraft

Das Ausbildungsprogramm „International Advanced Studies in Demography“ am Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung in Rostock sucht eine studentische Hilfskraft. more

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Latest Publications

Bijwaard, G. E. et al.

Educational gain in cause-specific mortality: accounting for confounders

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2017-003 (2017)

Finnigan, R.; Hale, J. M.

Working 9 to 5? Unionization and work variability, 2004-2013

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2017-002 (2017)

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January 10, 2017 | Rostock

Caravan of Science 2017

From January 11 to 24, the “Wissenskarawane” gives school students the opportunity to get insights into the research done at research institutes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On January 17, the MPIDR opens its doors to students.

December 20, 2016 | Press Release

Less children per man than per woman

A new MPIDR study makes birthrates for men in Germany available for the first time. Men on average have less children then women and have them later in life. Differences are strongest in eastern Germany, where men set a new world record for low fertility. more

December 19, 2016 | Infoletter

More people without children or less people with many children?

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ how strongly future life expectancy in the Netherlands depends on the level of education and what impact a large health sector has on prosperity and economic growth. more

December 19, 2016 | News

Cognitive abilities of low birth weight children show strong improvement

A low birth weight is considered a risk factor for decreased cognitive abilities in later life. This risk factor now seems to be dissolving; it is much less pronounced in younger birth cohorts. more


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