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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.


October 19, 2015

The theory of planned behaviour: a unifying framework to predict behaviour

Icek Ajzen, MPIDR more

October 21, 2015

Studying social influence in networks using the stochastic actor-oriented model

Tom Snijders, MPIDR more

October 26, 2015

Agent-based modeling in demography: Epistemological and methodological challenges

Jakub Bijak, MPIDR more

October 27, 2015

Lifespan extension with varying cause-of-death trajectories

Ulrich Müller, MPIDR more

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October 7, 2015

A student assistant

The MPIDR is seeking a student assistant for the new research group Population Health. more

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October 8, 2015 | Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand

Is there a guide to long life?

At age 40, Finns, Swedes, and Norwegians have reached the mid-point of life. Whether an individual has more or fewer than 40 additional years to live after reaching age 40 depends on the person’s sex. But almost as important as sex in determining life expectancy is whether the person belongs to the so-called “vanguard”. more

October 3, 2015 | News

East-West divide in life expectancy is vanishing

A study by MPIDR researchers Sebastian Klüsener and Rembrandt Scholz that shows that the east-west divide in life expectancy is vanishing has attracted considerable attention from the media. An overview of the articles published on this topic. more

September 24, 2015 | Press Release

Culture during childhood shapes family planning

New study on migration and fertility: Women born in Turkey become mothers earlier and more often after migrating to Germany than women born in Germany to Turkish parents.

September 22, 2015 | Press Release

From east-west divide to patchwork quilt

The east-west divide in the life expectancy of German women is being replaced by a patchwork quilt, as a new MPIDR analysis opf regional trends shows. The Ruhr region and Saarland are falling behind. Economic development is an increasingly important factor. more


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