New Publication | September 07, 2023

Dramatic Disparities in the Health of America´s Older Population

Society is aging. What does this mean for health in old age, how is the quality of life evolving, and what are the disparities between different groups of people? Shubhankar Sharma, along with Jo Mhairi Hale, Mikko Myrskylä, and Hill Kulu have published a study that examines gender, racial/ethnic, and educational differences in relation to both mild cognitive impairment or dementia and “activity limitations” in the United States.  More





European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD)

Preparatory Courses Organized by MPIDR

In September and October emerging demographers from all over the world get to know each other and the basics of demography in preparatory courses.  More

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS | August 17, 2023

Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Africa

Introduction to our research groups

Lifespan Inequalities

Congratulations | September 04, 2023

ERC Grant for Silvia Loi

Silvia Loi, deputy head of the Laboratory of Population and Health, has successfully applied for a grant from the European Research Council (ERC). She will receive approximately 1.5 million euros to carry out her research project "Immigrant-Native Health Disparities in Ageing Societies". Watch our news video!  More

Selected Publications

Alburez-Gutierrez, D.; Mason, C.; Zagheni, E.:

The “Sandwich Generation” revisited: global demographic drivers of care time demands   Population and Development Review 47:4, 997–1023. (2021)

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)

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Media Coverage | March 02, 2023

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SPOTLIGHT | August 25, 2023

More people want to remain childless

Fertility is on the decline - especially in Western countries. This is particularly surprising in a country like Finland. After all, the conditions for families here are excellent. Previous attempts to explain the decline in fertility, such as a lack of gender equality or socio-economic reasons, have not been effective. There must be other factors at work. Researchers from the University of Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Population Research Institute and Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) have investigated whether the desire to have children has changed among the younger generations.   More

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NEW FACES AT MPIDR | August 16, 2023

Welcome, Megan Evans!

New Face at MPIDR: Megan Evans started on August 1st. She comes from Pennsylvania State University, USA, where she received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography. The title of her dissertation is "Racialized Place-Making: An Investigation of Race, Place, and Value". Her dissertation examines how Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) appraisers, who were responsible for institutionalizing redlining in the U.S. housing market, considered the Black racial composition of a community as influential to lending risk by examining their language choices and written description of the neighborhoods they chose to redline. She joins the Laboratory of Population Health at MPIDR.  More

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