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March 30, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Katja Gramsch is new event manager


Katja Gramsch has real organizing ability. She has been working in the hotel industry for 13 years, planning weddings and corporate events. Since March she is responsible for the organisation of workshops at MPIDR. more

March 25, 2020 | Press Release

Gender and social equality does not always lead to equal health for men and women

In equitable societies, women and men assess their health in a similar way - but not in Cuba. MPIDR researcher Mine Kühn confirms this in her latest publication. more

March 24, 2020 | Defo News

Many workers want to perform unpaid work in old age

How many and which people plan to continue working while in retirement, and why women so seldom earn more than their partner, are among the topics you can read about in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand.” more

March 20, 2020 | News | Interview

Coronavirus survey: That is what MPIDR scientists want to find out


Daniela Perrotta, André Grow, and a team of interdisciplinary scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), want to analyze people’s health behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. That is why they are currently conducting a survey via Facebook. more

March 17, 2020 | Press Release

Life expectancy crisis in the USA: The opioid crisis is not the decisive factor

Life expectancy in the USA is no longer rising. This stagnation has long been largely attributed to increasing numbers of drug deaths due to the opioid crisis. But Mikko Myrskylä and colleagues have now shown that deaths due to cardiovascular diseases are in fact having a much larger impact on life expectancy. more

March 12, 2020 | Press Release

Pensions in Germany: Living well in old age

How much should working people in Germany save for their retirement? There are a lot of very different recommendations. Christian Dudel and colleagues looked at savings targets for retirement and calculated new ones themselves. They concluded that at least 88 percent of the last net income is necessary to secure the same standard of living. more

March 10, 2020 | Press Release

Education reporting in Brazilian censuses is inaccurate Maneerat

The education reporting in Brazilian censuses is likely to be inaccurate. Marília Nepomuceno and a colleague show evidence that the data on educational attainment is differently misreported by age, sex, and educational level. more

February 25, 2020 | Press Release

Fertility in Germany: Retired grandparents help Images

Parents likely have a second child early, when grandparents retire nearby. However, they do not have more children. more

February 20, 2020 | News | Fertility in the Republic of Korea

Lowest fertility rate worldwide

Fertility data for the Republic of Korea were updated through 2018 by the Human Fertility Database. Korea's Total Fertility Rate hit a record low level of 0.98 children per women in 2018. In no country were fewer children born per woman. more

February 11, 2020 | News | International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women in demographic research


In Germany, more women obtain bachelor’s degrees than men for some years now. However, the more advanced an academic career is, the fewer women there are. The United Nations is raising awareness of this issue with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research employs almost as many female scientists as male scientists. Yana Vierboom is one of them. 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.