The oldest-old

Substantially fewer centenarians in Brazil

More than 24,000 individuals reported themselves to be at least 100 years old in Brazil in 2000, according to census data. Researchers have long been skeptical about these official figures. Now Marília Nepomuceno presents more realistic numbers. She concludes an extensive over enumeration of centenarians over the whole of the 20thcentury.  More



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How much do gender and party matter when US Representatives collaborate?

Zachary P. Neal, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University gives an Online Lab Talk about the influence of gender and party when US Representatives collaborate.  More

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Cities Grow from Immigration from Abroad

Migration is a decisive factor in the population growth of cities in the Global South. Many cities grow more through immigration from abroad than through births, deaths or internal migration.  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)

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Mortality in High Income Countries

Causes of Death Show More Variation

Over the past 20 years or so, the variation in broad causes of death has increased in 15 high income countries. More people died of diseases of the nervous system, such as Alzheimer's disease, or diseases of the genitourinary system, such as kidney disease, than did so in the past. However, cardiovascular diseases and cancer remain the two most frequent causes of death.  More


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Life Expectancy in German Counties

People in the South Live Longer than those in the North

People do not reach the same age everywhere in Germany. Roland Rau calculated the average life expectancy for men and women in all 402 German  counties. He discovered that the numbers varied by more than five years and attributed that difference to poverty.  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.