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July 29, 2021 | Press Release

Postponed Retirement Slows Cognitive Decline

Postponing retirement is protective against cognitive decline. The beneficial effect is related to a slowed rate of cognitive decline rather than a boost in cognitive function. That is what a recent study by MPIDR researcher Angelo Lorenti and colleagues found by analyzing data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. more

July 28, 2021 | Press Release

Mortality Risk After Widowhood: For Some Immigrants, It Is Even Higher Zinkevych

Do persons with an immigrant background have an even higher risk of dying after being widowed than native-born persons? An international team including MPIDR researchers answers this question in their recent study. more

July 27, 2021 | Press Release

Migration of Scientists: Who Moves to Germany? Who Leaves Germany?

A team including MPIDR researcher Xinyi Zhao analyzed migration flows of scientists moving to and from Germany using bibliometric data from over eight million publications from the online publication database Scopus. The strongest connections are found with the US, the UK, and Switzerland. In areas like Engineering and Physics, female scientists moving to Germany may help moderate extreme levels of gender disparities among scientists. more

July 27, 2021 | News | COVID-19 Blog

Researching the Demographic Consequences of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been dominating our lives for more than a year now. Science has done an extraordinary job during this time at unravelling mysteries and unlocking solutions. In like manner, researchers at MPIDR are investigating demographic issues in connection to the novel coronavirus. more

July 26, 2021 | News | IC2S2 2021

MPIDR at the 7th International Conference on Computational Social Science 2021

Several MPIDR researchers present their work at the 7th International Conference on Computational Social Science, which takes place in a virtual manner from July 27-31, 2021. more

July 21, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Jonas Schöley is a new Researcher at the Laboratory of Population Health

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Coming from the University of Southern Denmark, Jonas Schöley is a new Researcher at the Laboratory of Population Health. He wants to explore how a population relate to its individuals in statistics. He likes Rostock for its perfect size and its having one of everything from a harbor to a zoo. more

July 13, 2021 | Press Release

The Higher Developed a Country, the Weaker the Contraceptive Effect of Breastfeeding Images Studio

What determines how long it takes to resume fecundity after a childbirth for women who breastfeed? Former MPIDR researchers assessed survey data to answer this question in 84 low- and middle-income countries. They found that the contraceptive effect of breastfeeding has sharply decreased in these countries over the past 40 years. more

July 12, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Sascha Jänicke-Osterholz is the new Head of Administration


Sascha Jänicke-Osterholz is the new Head of Administration. Before joining the MPIDR, he worked at the Hochschule Wismar, was Financial Officer and Third-Party Funding Manager at the Carl von Ossietzky University , as well as Head of Administration for a Public Vocational School in Oldenburg. In his free time he likes to ride his racing bike and to take care of his new allotment garden. more

July 09, 2021 | News | Welcome at MPIDR

Emma Zai is a new Researcher at the Research Group: Labor Demography

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Coming from the Ohio State University where she obtained her PhD in Consumer Sciences, Emma Zai is a new Researcher at the Research Group: Labor Demography. She wants to explore how government interventions affect individual wellbeing and how individuals respond to public policy. In her free time, she likes to do yoga and play different ball sports like table tennis and badminton. more

June 29, 2021 | Defo News

Late births increase faster among women than men

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" how life expectancy has developed since the late Middle Ages and how many women are still having children beyond age 40. 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.