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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.


August 14, 2014

Web and Social Media Editor

The Max-Planck Institute for Demographic Research intends to award a tender for the content design of the Institute’s website. The tender will be issued on a freelance basis; the service provided being that of a Web and Social Media Editor paid on a fee-basis.  more

August 6, 2014

Student assistant

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is seeking a Student Assistant to assist in the collection of published datasets on age-specific mortality in vertebrates.

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Latest Publications

Baten, J.; Szołtysek, M.

A golden age before serfdom? The human capital of Central-Eastern and Eastern Europe in the 17th-19th centuries

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2014-008 (2014)

Gruber, S.; Szołtysek, M.

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

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2014-007 (2014)

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August 30, 2014 | News

Annette Baudisch appointed Professor at University of Southern Denmark

MPIDR researcher Annette Baudisch has been appointed professor at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.   more

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


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