Life expectancy in Germany

Low regional inequalities in life expectancy by international standards

Compared to other OECD countries, Germany experiences low regional inequalities in life expectancy despite having comparatively large regional economic inequalities.  More




Introduction: Digital and Computational Demography

Data science tools offer social scientists the opportunity to address core demographic questions in new ways. Emilio Zagheni will introduce the participants of the workshop "Digital and Computational Demography" at Cornell University to some of them.  More

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Introduction to our research groups

Lifespan Inequalities

Welcome to the MPIDR

Ugofilippo Basellini is a new researcher at the Digital Demography Lab

Ugofilippo Basellini’s research area focuses on modeling and forecasting human mortality. In addition to demography, the new research scientist is very passionate about sports, especially tennis.  More

Selected Publications

Bohk-Ewald, C.; Li, P.; Myrskylä, M.:

Forecast accuracy hardly improves with method complexity when completing cohort fertility Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115:37, 9187–9192. (2018).

Alexander, M.; Polimis, K.; Zagheni, E.:

The impact of Hurricane Maria on out-migration from Puerto Rico: evidence from Facebook data Population and Development Review 45:3, 617–630. (2019).

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Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock


Thesis successfully defended

Enrique Acosta from the Laboratory of Population Health defended his doctoral thesis with the mention of “exceptional” and was recommended for the Dean´s list of honor at the Département de démographie at the Université de Montréal.  More


What is Demography?

What is demography?

Glossary of Demographic Terms

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Demographic Research


Demographic Research in Rostock

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock investigates the structure and dynamics of populations. Directors of the Institute are Mikko Myrskylä and Emilio Zagheni.  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.