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September 17, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Five new PhD students


In September five PhD students from five countries started their research projects at the MPIDR in Rostock. They work in fields like population health, fertility and digital demography. more

September 16, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Ole Hexel is new researcher at the Digital and Computational Demography Lab


How do families support each other across generations with monetary and material gifts in different countries? Ole Hexel, new researcher at MPIDR, is investigating these and other questions. Born and raised in Rostock, he loves the Baltic Sea at all seasons. more

September 14, 2020 | News | Call for Proposals

Why is Health in the US Continuing to Lag Behind?

We seek proposals for manuscripts assessing how and why health and mortality of adults in the US continues to lag behind their counterparts in other high-income countries. The authors will present the manuscripts at a conference in May or June 2021.  more

September 03, 2020 | News | Research funding

ERC Grant for Mathias Lerch


Mathias Lerch receives a 1.49 million Euro grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to conduct the project “Migration in cities of the global South: drivers, interactions and socio-demographic consequences” (MIC). more

September 01, 2020 | Press Release

Mortality worldwide: Be generous, live longer

Sharing is caring: the more resources people share within a society, the better for health and longevity. Fanny Kluge and Tobias Vogt analyzed data for 34 countries on all continents and found a strong association between the amount of money shared between generations and longevity. more

August 27, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

D. Susie Lee is new researcher at the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-being


Investigating variation in the fertility of individuals and groups is D. Susie Lee's field of research. The new researcher in the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-being is also interested in good science communication. more

August 21, 2020 | Press Release

Elderly in the US: Risk of dementia has been rising for years - instead of falling

Over the past 20 years or so, the risk for US men and women of suffering from cognitive impairment and dementia has increased. This is the conclusion of a new study by MPIDR researchers and colleagues that takes into account learning effects when repeating the same dementia test. more

August 20, 2020 | Press Release

Migration: New method successfully combines social media data with traditional sources

In their recently published paper Emilio Zagheni and colleagues present a statistical framework to combine social media data with traditional survey data. They produce timely ‘nowcasts’ of migrant stocks by state in the United States. more

August 11, 2020 | News | Interview

Fertility in Europe: Women’s Education Less Influential in Economically Developed Regions

Jessica Nisén, research scientist in the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being, assessed the relationship between women’s fertility, their education, and the economic development on a regional level in 15 European countries. In this interview, she explains her findings, why she looked into the topic, and why register data are a valuable source. more

July 28, 2020 | Press Release

The oldest-old: Substantially fewer centenarians in Brazil

More than 24,000 individuals reported themselves to be at least 100 years old in Brazil in 2000, according to census data. Researchers have long been skeptical about these official figures. Now Marília Nepomuceno presents more realistic numbers. She concludes an extensive over enumeration of centenarians over the whole of the 20thcentury. 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.