Welcome to the MPIDR

Gordon Rinderknecht is new researcher at the Digital and Computational Demography Lab

How do people spend their time throughout a typical day? And how to collect data about it? That is what Gordon Rinderknecht, new researcher at MPIDR drives most in his research. In Rostock, he likes the architecture and the view from his office the most.  More



Online Lab Talk

Monitoring Psychological Processes Underpinning Mental Disorders using Social Media Data

Lucia Lushi Chen, visitor at the Digital and Computational Demography Laboratory at MPIDR gives an Online Lab Talk about the use of social media data to monitor mental illness symptoms instead of predicting a mental health status.  More

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New Issue 3/2020 available

The Quarterly German Newsletter

Introduction to our research groups

Lifespan Inequalities

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: September, 15+++  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)

More Publications

Media Coverage

Covid-19 experts at MPIDR

Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock

Welcome to the MPIDR

Ole Hexel is new researcher at the Digital and Computational Demography Lab

How do families support each other across generations with monetary and material gifts in different countries? Ole Hexel, new researcher at MPIDR, is investigating these and other questions. Born and raised in Rostock, he loves the Baltic Sea at all seasons.  More


What is Demography?

Call for Proposals

Why is Health in the US Continuing to Lag Behind?

We seek proposals for manuscripts assessing how and why health and mortality of adults in the US continues to lag behind their counterparts in other high-income countries.  More

What is demography?

Glossary of Demographic Terms

Mortality worldwide

Be generous, live longer

Sharing is caring: the more resources people share within a society, the better for health and longevity. Fanny Kluge and Tobias Vogt analyzed data for 34 countries on all continents and found a strong association between the amount of money shared between generations and longevity.  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.