COVID-19 in the Global South

Young, but Chronically Diseased: One Reason why the Pandemic Looks Different

Although populations in countries in the Global South are on average younger than in Europe, they might be more vulnerable to severe forms of COVID-19. One reason for this is the higher proportion of people at working age with pre-existing chronic conditions.   More




Digital and Computational Approaches to Study Determinants and Consequences of the Spread of COVID-19

What can Digital and Computational approaches reveal about the relationships between mortality, fertility, mobility, and the spread of COVID-19? Three MPIDR researchers and colleagues answering this question in the IUSSP webinar.  More

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Diego Alburez-Gutierrez Receives Otto Hahn Medal

For his PhD dissertation on the demographic consequences of genocide for the indigenous Maya-Achi people of Guatemala, Diego Alburez-Gutierrez receives the Otto Hahn Medal.  More

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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)

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Parents Experience More Emotions in Everyday Life

Parents experience more meaning in life and more happiness than adults without minor children. But only as long as they spend time with their children. MPIDR researcher Daniela Negraia found that when at the workplace there are no differences in emotional states.  More

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