COVID-19 Blog | January 13, 2022

Blog Update: Pandemic Babies? The Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Fertility and Family Dynamics

MPIDR Researcher Natalie Nitsche and colleagues organized a conference in December 2021 and brought together more than 100 international researchers to present and discuss recent research on the impact and consequences of the pandemic for family and fertility.  More



Online Seminar Talk

Modeling Human Mobility Patterns from Big Geodata

Yihong Yuan from the Texas State University discusses the strategies, techniques, and uncertainty when applying big geo-data to human mobility modeling and travel behavior analysis.  More

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New Issue 4/2021 available | December 15, 2021

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New Publication | January 12, 2022

Low Birth Weight Among IVF Children Not Linked to Infertility Treatments

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction are more likely to be born premature and are at greater risk of being born small than naturally conceived babies. However, according to new research by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, the University of Utah and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), the differences in birth weight and prematurity are not due to the treatments themselves, but due to differences in family and health circumstances of the parents.  More

Selected Publications

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)

Smith-Greenaway, E.; Alburez-Gutierrez, D.; Trinitapoli, J.; Zagheni, E.:

Global burden of maternal bereavement: indicators of the cumulative prevalence of child loss   BMJ Global Health 6:4, e004837–e004837. (2021)

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Fertility in the U.S. | January 11, 2022

Does Migration Influence the Timing of First Births Across Racial/Ethnic Groups Equally?

Women's place of birth helps to explain racial/ethnic disparities in the timing and quantum of fertility. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and Emilio Parrado, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate how foreign-born mothers are more determinant for Hispanic's fertility patterns than Black's and White's.  More


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Congratulations | January 10, 2022

Joshua Wilde Appointed Editor of Population and Development Review

The Population Council announced Raya Muttarak, Professor of Demography at the University of Bologna and Joshua Wilde, Research Scientist in the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being at the MPIDR as new Editors of Population and Development Review (PDR).  More

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