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April 12, 2024 | News | New Faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Carla Rowold!

The Laboratory of Population Health and Research Group Labor Demography welcomes Carla Rowold  as a new team member. Carla's research interests range from gender and age inequalities, life course sociology, social demography to family and retirement policy.
Previously, she was a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Oxford. more

April 10, 2024 | News | Call for Papers

Demystifying machine learning for population researchers

Advances in computational power and statistical algorithms, in conjunction with the increasing availability of large datasets, have led to a Cambrian explosion of machine learning (ML) methods. For population researchers, these methods are useful not only for predicting population dynamics but also as tools to improve causal inference tasks. However, the rapid evolution of this literature, coupled with terminological disparities from conventional approaches, renders these methods enigmatic and arduous for many population researchers to grasp. more

April 09, 2024 | News

Congratulations Dr. Ben Malinga John


We are pleased to congratulate Ben Malinga John on the successful defense of his dissertation on the "Union-Fertility Nexus and Fertility Variation in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Marital Dissolution and Repartnering" at Stockholm University. more

April 05, 2024 | News

Update of the Human Mortality Database


Our flagship project, the Human Mortality Database, has received a major update with the release of cause-specific data series. This is the first major expansion since the addition of short-term mortality fluctuation data in 2020. more

March 27, 2024 | News | Call for Papers

Submissions for Scholarly Migration and Mobility Symposium

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) invites submissions from researchers working on or interested in scholarly migration and mobility to attend a one-day symposium in Rostock on October 15, 2024. The symposium aims to promote lively exchange and collaboration among a group of interdisciplinary scientists (from areas such data science, scientometrics, demography, science of science, sociology, migration studies, and more) with interests related to scholarly migration and scientific mobility. more

March 26, 2024 | Press Release

Do Food and Drink Preferences Influence Migration Flows? / Marcio Tibilletti

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) used Facebook data to investigate the influence of cultural similarities on migration flows and found that cultural proximity plays as important a role in the choice of destination country as shared language and history. more

March 22, 2024 | News | Award

Another Best Paper Award for Study on Generational Structures of Families


Dr. Bettina Hünteler received the Best Paper Award of the German Demographic Society on March 21, 2024. She was honored again for her study "A New Perspective on the Generational Structures of Families - Generational Placements over the Life Course.  more

March 21, 2024 | News | New Faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Alessandro Di Nallo!


The Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being welcomes Alessandro Di Nallo as a new team member. Alessandro comes from Bocconi University in Milan, where he contributed to the ERC-funded project 'DisCont' and the Cariplo-funded project 'FAST'. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences, with a specialization in Sociodemography, from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. His thesis, entitled "The Diversity of Union and Fertility Trajectories in the UK", explored complex patterns of family formation and childbearing. more

March 20, 2024 | Defo News

Food and Climate

In the current issue of Demografischen Forschung Aus Erster Hand, you can find out which regions of the world will be hardest hit by climate change, where people in German-speaking countries live the longest, and how the proximity of fast-food outlets affects people's health. more

March 15, 2024 | Press Release

Do school grades influence parental support?

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) has researched parents' support behavior in relation to school grades. The study shows that low-income families support their children equally regardless of grades, while parents from higher income groups tend to give more support to children with lower grades. It also raises the question of whether these patterns contribute to low social mobility, as parents of high-achieving children from lower social classes do not have the same resources and strategies at their disposal as parents of low-achieving children from higher social classes. more


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