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Welcome to the Max Planck Institute
for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. At the MPIDR, researchers from all over the world investigate demographic change, aging, fertility, digital demography and other issues at the forefront of population research. The Institute is headed by its directors Mikko Myrskylä and Emilio Zagheni.

The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.


October 22, 2019

Süßmilch Lecture

Kelly Musick, Cornell University, more

November 4, 2019

PHDS Annual Academy

H. Maier, more

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August 15, 2019

Postdocs Digital and Computational Demography

The Lab of Digital and Computational Demography is recruiting highly qualified Post-Docs/Research Scientists, at various levels of seniority. more

August 15, 2019

PhD student positions

The Lab of Digital and Computational Demography is inviting applications from qualified and highly motivated students for PhD student positions. more

August 15, 2019

Summer Research Visits

The Lab of Digital and Computational Demography is inviting applications from qualified and highly motivated PhD students for a Summer Research Visit. more

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July 24, 2019 | Publication

The 1.5 million gap

The 2011 census has left a long gap in Germany’s population figures. Between this and the preceding censuses a large number of errors must have crept into the statistics. How can plausible population figures still be derived even in the inter-censal period? more

July 18, 2019 | New Publication

Fertility in the Global South: Decline not equally pronounced across regions

How have birth rates in urban and rural areas developed in countries of the Global South? Mathias Lerch discusses the similarities and differences he identified in his PLOS ONE article just published. more

July 9, 2019 | New Publication

Is there a more sensitive gender?

A common cliché says that men are tough guys but whine about small aches. Then again, statisticians also see that women often assess their health to be more poorly than men do. So, which sex is more vulnerable? more

July 3, 2019 | Press Release

In poor countries birth spacing affects infant mortality

In low-income countries children's chance of survival depends on the period between their birth and the birth of their sibling. In some cases, increasing the time between births by just one year can reduce the risk of infant mortality by about 50%. more


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