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October 24, 2023 | News | New Publication

The Inequality in Pension Payments Over the Life Course

In modern societies, there is great inequality in the amount of pension that men and women receive over the course of their lives. This inequality is a consequence of both the fact that some people live long lives and the fact that the amount of pension people receive varies widely. Although this inequality is larger than inequalities in wages, for example, it is rarely studied. In a recent paper, Jiaxin Shi of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Martin Kolk of the Stockholm University examined these inequalities in lifetime pensions in Sweden. more

October 10, 2023 | News | Spotlight

Mortality in Retirement Ages - the Key Reason why U.S. Life Expectancy is not Increasing Anymore

Life expectancy in the U.S. has stopped increasing since 2010, after decades of steady increase. Meanwhile, most other countries have continued to experience improvements in life expectancy. Previous research has suggested that the poor performance of U.S. is because of high mortality of the working age population. A new study shows that the most important reason for the stagnating life expectancy is high mortality in retirement ages. This has serious implications for life expectancy in the United States. more

October 10, 2023 | Defo News

Blind Spots

To find out how the pandemic has affected births, how people spend the last year of their lives, and what risk factors contribute to the development of dementia, read the new issue of Demografischen Forschung Aus Erster Hand. more

October 05, 2023 | News | Award

Promising and Upcoming: European Demographer Award for Diego Alburez-Gutierrez


The MPIDR is happy to share that Diego Alburez-Gutierrez will receive the European Demographer Award 2023. Diego has been selected for this year’s Award for a promising and upcoming researcher who obtained their Ph.D. within the period of 2017-2022. more

October 04, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Amanda Martins de Almeida!


Amanda joins the researchgroup "Kinship Inequalities". During her three years with us, she will focus on quantifying intergenerational transfers using a kinship demographic framework. This will include deriving measures of kin availability by educational attainment groups in Latin America and other developing countries. Amanda will also work on incorporating a health component into models of kinship and life expectancy. more

September 28, 2023 | News | New Publication

Temporal Change in Risk Tolerance Around Payday

People living in poverty often struggle from payday to payday. Those who receive government assistance, such as welfare or pensions, must manage scarce resources to make ends meet until the next payment. Researchers from Kobe University, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Toyo University, and  Simon Fraser University have studied how people's willingness to take risks changes before and after payday. more

September 07, 2023 | Press Release

Dramatic Disparities in the Health of America´s Older Population


Society is aging. What does this mean for health in old age, how is the quality of life evolving, and what are the disparities between different groups of people? Shubhankar Sharma, along with Jo Mhairi Hale, Mikko Myrskylä, and Hill Kulu have published a study that examines gender, racial/ethnic, and educational differences in relation to both mild cognitive impairment or dementia and “activity limitations” in the United States. more

September 04, 2023 | News | Congratulations

ERC Grant for Silvia Loi


Silvia Loi, deputy head of the Laboratory of Population and Health, has successfully applied for a grant from the European Research Council (ERC). She will receive approximately 1.5 million euros to carry out her research project "Immigrant-Native Health Disparities in Ageing Societies". Watch our Video-News! more

August 25, 2023 | News

More People Want to Remain Childless Nagiev

Fertility is on the decline - especially in Western countries. This is particularly surprising in a country like Finland. After all, the conditions for families here are excellent. Previous attempts to explain the decline in fertility, such as a lack of gender equality or socio-economic reasons, have not been effective. There must be other factors at work. Researchers from the University of Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Population Research Institute and Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) have investigated whether the desire to have children has changed among the younger generations. The study did not examine whether this has a direct impact on fertility, but notes that more and more people want to remain childless. Whether this change in the desire to have children is responsible for the decline in fertility remains an open question and should be the subject of future research. more

August 17, 2023 | News | Call for Proposals

Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Africa

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is highly interested in developing partnerships with African scholars and institutions whose research is related to population studies. Therefore, we support the call for proposals for three Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Subsahara-Africa by the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. more


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