NEW FACES AT MPIDR | November 27, 2023

Welcome, Julia Leesch!

The research group Gender Inequalities and Fertility welcomes Julia Leesch as a new team member. Julia holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin.  While working at MPIDR over the next two years, Julia plans to focus, among other things, on the impact of changes in the educational composition of partner markets on fertility outcomes.  More






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New Publication | October 24, 2023

The Inequality in Pension Payments Over the Life Course

In modern societies, there is great inequality in the amount of pension that men and women receive over the course of their lives. This inequality is a consequence of both the fact that some people live long lives and the fact that the amount of pension people receive varies widely. Although this inequality is larger than inequalities in wages, for example, it is rarely studied. No previous research has examined how large inequalities are when looking at total lifetime pensions, the sum of pension payments over a lifetime. Jiaxin Shi of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Martin Kolk of the Stockholm University examined these inequalities in lifetime pensions in Sweden.  More

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Alburez-Gutierrez, D.; Mason, C.; Zagheni, E.:

The “Sandwich Generation” revisited: global demographic drivers of care time demands   Population and Development Review 47:4, 997–1023. (2021)

Hellstrand, J.; Nisén, J.; Miranda, V.; Fallesen, P.; Dommermuth, L.; Myrskylä, M.:

Not just later, but fewer: novel trends in cohort fertility in the Nordic countries   Demography 58:4, 1373–1399. (2021)

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NEW FACES AT MPIDR | November 21, 2023

Welcome, Aapo Hiilamo!

The Laboratory of Population Health welcomes Aapo Hiilamo as a new member. Aapo comes from Itla Children's Foundation, Helsinki, where he worked as a specialized researcher and focused on child poverty and health. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London. Aapo will be involved in the MaxHel Center. During the next four years he will focus on heterogeneity in health selection processes.  More

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SPOTLIGHT | October 10, 2023

Mortality in retirement ages - the key reason why U.S. life expectancy is not increasing anymore

Life expectancy in the U.S. has stopped increasing since 2010, after decades of steady increase. Meanwhile, most other countries have continued to experience improvements in life expectancy. Previous research has suggested that the poor performance of U.S. is because of high mortality of the working age population. A new study shows that the most important reason for the stagnating life expectancy is high mortality in retirement ages. This has serious implications for life expectancy in the United States.  More

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