SPOTLIGHT | February 21, 2024

Widening fertility differences between women within different fields of education

Finland: First birth decline in 2010s more pronounced in fields associated with higher economic uncertainty

The birth rate in the Nordic countries has been falling steadily since 2010. Previous studies showed that the decline in first births among childless couples is the main driver of this trend and that this first birth decline was somewhat elevated among those with low levels of education and precarious employment. A team of researchers from the University of Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the University of Turku has now investigated the extent to which the decline in fertility in Finland varies according to education field.  More





IMPRS-PHDS elective course on “Multistate Models”

The life course of individuals can be conceived as a sequence of transitions between different states, for example (1) from being healthy to being ill, possibly recovering, and finally to death or (2) from living in parental home to living alone, cohabiting with a partner, with or without children, to perhaps living in an institution until death. The aim of life course analysis is to understand the timing and sequence of transitions as well as the risk factors that accelerate or slow down transitions. Multistate models are the statistical framework to analyze life course patterns and to study and predict resulting population dynamics. In this IMPRS-PHDS elective course the participants will be introduced to the concepts of multistate models and will learn how to estimate the essential quantities in the two most frequently encountered data situations: Event-histories, for which the exact times of transitions are known, and panel data, where observations are only made in (more or less) regular intervals, leading to interval-censored data.  More

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Statistical Demography

NEW FACES AT MPIDR | February 16, 2024

Welcome, Susanne Otto!

We are happy to welcome Susanne Otto to the team in the Department Social Demography. Susanne will be the responsible secretary for the Biosfer and MaxHel projects and support the researchers.   More

Selected Publications

Abrams, L. R.; Myrskylä, M.; Mehta, N. K.:

The "double jeopardy" of midlife and old age mortality trends in the United States   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 120:42, e2308360120–e2308360120. (2023)

Jasilionis, D.; Meslé, F.; Vallin, J.:

Is East-West life expectancy gap narrowing in the enlarged European Union?   Comparative Population Studies 48, 523–552. (2023)

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European Doctoral School of Demography

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PRESS RELEASE | February 06, 2024

More heart attacks in rural areas - better disease prevention needed

In Germany, more people aged 65 and over die from heart attacks in rural areas than in cities. Contrary to popular belief, this is probably not due to poorer emergency medical care, but because more people suffer heart attacks in rural areas.  More

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