Corona related research

That is what our researchers are investigating

In short statements, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) explain the issues they are currently investigating in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic. +++Latest update: July, 9+++  More





IDEM Course

Data visualization – the art/skill cocktail

This one week online course is part of the program "International Advanced Studies in Demography" and is targeted mainly to PhD students. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be offered as an online course.  More

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New Issue 2/2020 available

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Fertility and Well-Being

COVID-19 in the Global South

Young, but Chronically Diseased: One Reason why the Pandemic Looks Different

Although populations in countries in the Global South are on average younger than in Europe, they might be more vulnerable to severe forms of COVID-19. One reason for this is the higher proportion of people at working age with pre-existing chronic conditions.   More

Selected Publications

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)

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

US life expectancy stalls due to cardiovascular disease, not drug deaths   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117:13, 6998–7000. (2020)

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Life & Research in Rostock

Covid-19 pandemic

Health behavior: online survey provides rapid insights

Compared to other European countries and the USA, Germans adopted social distancing even before it was encouraged by the authorities. In all eight countries surveyed, women adopted preventive behaviors more than men.  More


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Covid-19 pandemic

How many people actually have Covid-19?

The demographic scaling model developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research makes it possible to estimate the actual number of Covid-19-infections in different countries with just a minimum of data.  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.