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June 30, 2020 | Defo News

Economic Aftermath of Demographic Change Could be Less Dramatic

Why the economic aftermath of demographic change could be less dramatic than expected and whether early retirement increases the chance of having grandchildren. Read all about this and more in the latest issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand”. more

June 23, 2020 | Press Release

Young, but Chronically Diseased: One Reason why the COVID-19 Pandemic Looks Different in the Global Southé Barretta

Although populations in countries in the Global South are on average younger than in Europe, they might be more vulnerable to severe forms of COVID-19. One reason for this is the higher proportion of people at working age with pre-existing chronic conditions.  more

June 17, 2020 | News | Award

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez Receives Otto Hahn Medal


Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, receives the Otto Hahn Medal for his PhD dissertation. more

June 10, 2020 | Press Release

For Better or Worse: Parents Experience More Emotions in Everyday Life, Compared to Non-parents

Parents experience more meaning in life and more happiness than adults without minor children. But only as long as they spend time with their children. MPIDR researcher Daniela Negraia found that when at the workplace there are no differences in emotional states. more

June 04, 2020 | Press Release

New Covid-19 Data Online: Weekly Death Counts for 15 Countries

Weekly death counts can be used to calculate how many more people are currently dying during the Covid-19 pandemic than would be expected according to trends in recent years. more

June 04, 2020 | Press Release

How Many People Actually Have Covid-19?

The demographic scaling model developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research makes it possible to estimate the actual number of Covid-19-infections in different countries with just a minimum of data. more

June 04, 2020 | Press Release

Health Behavior during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Online Survey Provides Rapid Insights

Compared to other European countries and the USA, Germans adopted social distancing even before it was encouraged by the authorities. In all eight countries surveyed, women adopted preventive behaviors more than men. more

May 15, 2020 | News | Media Coverage

Covid-19 Experts at MPIDR

Collecting and evaluating data correctly is of great importance, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic. As social scientists and data researchers, our demographers are currently in great demand. A selection of their media coverage. more

May 15, 2020 | Press Release

Finnish Women Have Fewer Children and Have Them Later in Life Karavanov

In most Nordic countries the number of children per woman has been falling for several years. This trend is particularly strong in Finland. Julia Hellstrand and Mikko Myrskylä investigated what is causing this change there. more

May 01, 2020 | Press Release

More Similar than Expected: Men and Women Adjust their Health Behavior after Shock Events

Men go to the doctor less often than women. However, after experiencing a stay in hospital, the behavior of men and women becomes more similar. For the first time, MPIDR researchers have identified this pattern by evaluating more than 65,000 data records from Danish health registries. 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.