News | June 01, 2023

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program, a three-month research visit (from June 1 – August 25, 2023) for a diverse group of PhD students. The goal of the Summer Incubator Program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists from around the world to work on focused, intensive and collaborative projects of broad societal relevance.  More



Rostock Demographic Seminar Series

Do Gender Equality Policies Impact on Gender Differences in Academic Promotion – Some Lessons Learned from Germany

Heike Solga from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center will talk about the impact of gender equality policies on gender differences in academic promotion - some lessons from Germany.  More

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Labor Demography

May 15, 2023

Fertility after a Disaster - Approach to an Unbiased View

Disasters affect whether, when, and how many children people have – a critical dimension of human behavior that is among the most intimate decisions people make in their lives. A current Systematic Literature Review examines how fertility changes after such drastic events. What is special about this review is that the researchers have tried to reduce risk of various biases during literature review.  More

Selected Publications

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 Issue 1/2023 available | April 12, 2023

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News | May 11, 2023

Birth Numbers on a Rollercoaster during Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic sent birth trends in wealthier countries on a roller coaster ride. While birth rates fell in most of the countries studied as a result of the pandemic outbreak, there was even a small baby boom in some countries later.  More

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Life & Research in Rostock

Media Coverage | March 02, 2023

Covid-19 Experts at the MPIDR

Call for Papers | January 17, 2023

Ageing and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa


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Overview 2022

COVID-19 Research at the MPIDR

The COVID-19 pandemic has been part of our lives for more than two years now. Science has done an extraordinary job during this time at unravelling mysteries and unlocking solutions. In like manner, researchers at MPIDR are investigating demographic issues in connection to the novel coronavirus. This dossier provides a thematic overview of the studies published in 2022.  More

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.