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July 04, 2022 | Defo News

How Education Affects Family Size

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ why the demographic dividend in sub-Saharan Africa has not materialized and how the formal education of couples affects family size affects. more

June 28, 2022 | News | Timetable

MPIDR at the European Population Conference 2022

Many researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) present their work at the European Population Conference, which takes place in Groningen from 29 June - 2 July. The Institute also has an on-site exhibition booth. more

June 24, 2022 | Press Release

COVID-19: Tens of Millions Left Bereaved Because of the Pandemic

The pandemic killed millions of people worldwide. The number of bereaved is even higher. Young people more often lost grandparents, and older people were more likely to mourn the loss of siblings. These are the results of a simulation-based study published in PNAS by an international team including MPIDR Researchers and a visiting student from the University of California, Berkeley.


June 22, 2022 | Press Release

LinkedIn Data Shed Light on the Openness to Migrate Internationally for a Job

In their recent study MPIDR Researcher Daniela Perrotta and co-authors show how a novel LinkedIn dataset can be used to characterize international migration aspirations in Europe. They find that in absolute terms, countries in Northern and Western Europe are the most attractive ones for potential migrants. But in terms of relative attractiveness - quantified by means of a gravity-type model - Southern Europe appears to be more attractive.


June 22, 2022 | News | Media Coverage

Covid-19 Experts at the 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

June 13, 2022 | Press Release

Migration of German Scientists: Men Are More Likely to Return to Germany

Last summer, MPIDR Researcher Xinyi Zhao and colleagues published a study analyzing migration flows of scientists moving to and from Germany, using bibliometric data from over eight million scholarly publications from the online publication database Scopus. Their most recent paper, a follow-up study, appeared in the journal Scientometrics and shows that male researchers who had left Germany return to Germany at a higher rate than female researchers of the same academic cohorts and disciplines.


June 09, 2022 | News | Call for Abstracts

Meeting of the EAPS Working Group on Register-Based Fertility Research

On December 15-16, 2022, the EAPS Working Group on Register-Based Fertility Research will meet at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. more

June 03, 2022 | News | Europe and the U.S.

Volunteering Increases After Retirement

MPIDR Researchers Peter Eibich and Angelo Lorenti and a colleague studied the causal effect of retirement on voluntary work in Europe and the U.S. They found an increase in volunteering rates in all countries analyzed. Their paper was recently published in the journal Labour Economics.


June 02, 2022 | News | Rostock´s Eleven

Maria Gültzow to Represent MPIDR in Rostock Research Competition


Depression is a major cause of work disability worldwide. According to current research, the baby boomer generation is particularly affected compared to older generations. To find the reasons, doctoral student Maria Gültzow is investigating how differences in lifestyle between generations influence the risk of developing depression. She presents her results at the "Rostock's Eleven" research competition on June 2. more

June 01, 2022 | News | Research Visit

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program


The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing and hosting the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program, a 3-month research visit (from June 1 – August 30, 2022) for a diverse group of PhD and master students. more


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