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



Course IMPRS-PHDS Doctoral Program

Fundamentals of Digital and Computational Demography

This course introduces students to core demographic and social science methods that are essential to interpret digital trace data.  More

All Events

Introduction to our research groups

Population Health

Database Update

New Data on Longevity

Scientists who want to do research on very old people can roll up their sleeves: The International Database on Longevity provides new data sets from 14 countries. Olga Grigoriev, researcher in the DataLab, gives an overview of the most important innovations in an interview.  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).

More Publications

Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock

New Publication

Stagnation of mortality improvement in England and Wales

Long overlooked and recently discovered through a detailed data analysis: young and middle-aged men and women in England and Wales have significantly higher mortality rates than the same age groups in comparable countries since the early 2000s.  More


What is Demography?

What is demography?

Glossary of Demographic Terms

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Demographic Research

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30 years Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. Life in East and West Germany has now converged in many areas, but differences remain. In this dossier we have put together the East-West issue addressed by researchers at the MPIDR.  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.