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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

February 21, 2024 | News | Spotlight

Widening Fertility Differences Between Women Within Different Fields of Education

The birth rate in the Nordic countries has been falling steadily since 2010. Previous studies showed that the decline in first births among childless couples is the main driver of this trend and that this first birth decline was somewhat elevated among those with low levels of education and precarious employment. A team of researchers from the University of Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the University of Turku has now investigated the extent to which the decline in fertility in Finland varies according to education field. more

February 16, 2024 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Susanne Otto!


We are happy to welcome Susanne Otto to the team in the Department Social Demography.  Susanne will be the responsible secretary for the Biosfer and MaxHel projects and support the researchers.  more

February 12, 2024 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Saroja Adhikari!


The Research Group Kinship Inequalities welcomes Saroja Adhikari as a new member. Prior to joining us, Saroja was a researcher in the Population and Just Societies Programme at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA). She worked primarily on global, national and sub-national population projections using multidimensional population modelling, cultural acceptability of sustainable human well-being, and educational differences in fertility intention and behaviour, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. more

February 06, 2024 | Press Release

More heart attacks in rural areas - better disease prevention needed

In Germany, more people aged 65 and over die from the consequences of a heart attack in rural areas than in cities. Contrary to popular belief, this is probably not due to poorer emergency medical care, but to the fact that more people suffer heart attacks. more

January 29, 2024 | News

Congratulations Julia Leesch


Julia Leesch successfully defended her doctoral thesis on "Trends in Educational Homogamy and Heterogamy – Analyzing the Roles of Assortative Mating and Structural Opportunities using a Novel Decomposition Method" at Trinity College Dublin in early January. more


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