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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.


May 29, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Robert Hummer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, more

July 2, 2018 - July 4, 2018

Rostock Retreat

Christian Dudel, more

September 15, 2018

Max Planck Day


October 9, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Herbert L. Smith, University of Pennsylvania, more

December 11, 2018 - December 13, 2018

IUSSP workshop on mortality monitoring

Emilio Zagheni, more

More Events



May 15, 2018 | New Publication

Development can reverse fertility declines

The long-standing rule that wealthier populations have fewer children is not true anymore for Europe. Today regions with higher income have higher birth rates, a new MPIDR study shows.


May 22, 2018 | Suessmilch Lecture

The US Midlife Mortality Crisis: "Deaths of despair"?

On May 29 Robert Hummer from the University of North Carolina will give a Süßmilch lecture at the MPIDR about the much deabted claims on increases in midlife mortality among white low-educated Americans.


May 7, 2018 | New Publication

Less alcohol, more life

High alcohol consumption is a major cause for lower life expectancy in Central and Eastern Europe, says an MPIDR study. In these countries men lose up to 3.7 years of life expectancy due to drinking. more

April 26, 2018 | Press Release

Risk of death in East Germany started declining before German reunification

New MPIDR study: German reunification was not the only factor responsible for the rapid increase in life expectancy in East Germany. The process started ten years earlier in the GDR, when mortality started falling substantially. more


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