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





Introduction to our research groups

Kinship 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)

More Publications

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | August 17, 2023

Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Africa

Call for Papers | January 17, 2023

Ageing and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Questions and Answers

Being a Researcher at the MPIDR

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

Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock

Media Coverage | March 02, 2023

Covid-19 Experts at the MPIDR


What is Demography?

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

New Publication | August 14, 2023

Healthy Immigrants, Unhealthy Ageing: Study Compares Health Development of Immigrants and Natives

Every year, millions of people decide to leave their homes and move to another country. The reasons are many and varied. People flee war and climate change, or follow a job to another country. But what happens to their health when they leave home and grow old in another country? Su Yeon Jang, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), together with Anna Oksuzyan, Mikko Myrskylä, Frank van Lenthe (Erasmus MC University Medical Center) and Silvia Loi, explores this question in their latest paper.  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.