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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 founding director James W. Vaupel.

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


July 9, 2014

Student assistant

The MPIDR is seeking a Student  Assistant to assist in the collection of published population projection matrices in plants and animals.  more

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Latest Publications

Gruber, S.; Szołtysek, M.

The Patriarchy Index: a comparative study of power relations across historic Europe

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2014-007 (2014)

Gruber, S.

Marriages across religious boundaries in Albania around the year 1900

In: Intermarriage throughout history (2014)

Szołtysek, M.; Gruber, S.

Living arrangements of the elderly in two Eastern European joint-family societies: Poland-Lithuania around 1800 and Albania in 1918

Hungarian Historical Review, 3:1 (2014)

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July 24, 2014 | Press Release

Non-marital births: Germany´s East-West divide will stay

Births before marriage are common in East Germany, but not so in the West. The historical roots of this divide date back to well before 1945. It will stay for long. more

July 14, 2014 | New Publication

No child day care services, no children

Women in Germany have much fewer children than females in neighboring states mainly due to the lack of child care services. This shows a comparison with the German-speaking region in neighboring Belgium done by MPIDR scientists. more

July 8, 2014 | News

A child but no man. What’s next?

On July 8, Sonja Bastin has successfully defended her dissertation. Her PhD work focuses on the life-course of lone mothers.  more

July 3, 2014 | STORIFY

What happened at the EPC?

At the end of June, about 800 demographers from across the globe gathered at the European Population Conference in Budapest. We have collected comments about the conference posted via social media. more


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