Fertility in the US

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years and described five different phases of birth behaviors.  More





Doctoral School

IMPRS-PHDS Annual Academy

Once a year, the Annual Academy brings together IMPRS-PHDS students and their supervisors. During the Academy the participants are involved in various program components, have a lot of opportunities for networking and collegial exchange.     More

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Introduction to our research groups

Labor Demography


Using Bibliometric Records to Analyze Internal Migration of Researchers

A team at the MPIDR investigated the migration of researchers within Mexico using millions of bibliometric records. Their framework can now be used to analyze scientific mobility in other countries as well.  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

New Issue 3/2020 available

The Quarterly German Newsletter

Media Coverage

Covid-19 experts at MPIDR

Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock

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: November, 23+++  More


What is Demography?

What is demography?

Glossary of Demographic Terms


Special Publication on Alcohol-Related Mortality in Eastern Europe

Domantas Jasilionis, with colleagues, edited Drug & Alcohol Review’s Special Section on the impact of alcohol on mortality in Eastern Europe. In this interview, he gave us an inside look into this collection.  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.