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August 14, 2023 | News | New Publication

Healthy Immigrants, Unhealthy Ageing: Health Development of Immigrants and Natives

Every year, millions of people decide to leave their homes and move to another country. The reasons are many and varied. People flee war and climate change, or follow a job to another country. But what happens to their health when they leave home and grow old in another country? Su Yeon Jang, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), together with Anna Oksuzyan, Mikko Myrskylä, Frank van Lenthe (Erasmus MC University Medical Center) and Silvia Loi, explores this question in their latest paper. more

August 09, 2023 | News

Ach-Mensch-Podcast with Nicole Hiekel


For our German audiences: Nicole Hiekel was a guest on the Ach-Mensch podcast by and the Max Planck Society. In the new series on "Freedom", she talks about how social norms and individual attitudes towards gender equality influence the decision whether, when and in which family model we become parents and how we shape our lives as parents.  more

July 31, 2023 | News

Personality traits and the likelihood of having children

Self-actualization, personal freedoms, and self-fulfillment contribute to childbearing behavior. Personality traits such as empathy and extroversion influence the likelihood of deciding to be a parent. more

July 25, 2023 | News | Award

Poster Award for Angela Carollo

Andreas Mayr

Angela Carollo won the award for the Best Student Poster at the 37th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling which was held in Dortmund July 17-21, 2023. more

July 24, 2023 | News | New Publication

Searching for Reasons for the Rise in Stillbirth Rates in Germany


The stillbirth rate in Germany has been rising steadily since 2009. The reasons for this are still unclear. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and the University of Rostock have used decomposition analysis to investigate the influence of demographic factors such as the age and nationality of pregnant women on the increase in the stillbirth rate in Germany. more

July 18, 2023 | Press Release

Work life is getting longer in Germany - but there are big differences

Can extending work lives be a solution to the future problems of an aging society? If everyone works longer and retires later, the number of people paying into the pension system will increase. Little is known about working life in Germany. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock and the Federal Institute for Population Research have now conducted a study to examine how the length of work life in Germany has changed and what influence the numerous labor market and pension reforms of recent decades have had. more

July 14, 2023 | Press Release

Impact of Using Multiple Social Media Channels on Well-Being

Social media have become an integral part of everyday life. However, numerous studies have produced conflicting results on how the use of these applications affects the mental health of their users. A common assumption is that the use of many different social media platforms has a negative impact on users' well-being. Researchers Sophie Lohmann and Emilio Zagheni, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, investigated this assumption. In their study, they used a statistical technique to adjust for the fact that people who use a number of social media platforms may be different to start with. The result of the study shows that the use of many different social media platforms is not a significant risk factor for the well-being of the users. more

July 13, 2023 | News | Conference

MPIDR at IC2S2 2023 in Copenhagen

Our colleagues from the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography will present their research at the 9th International Conference on Computational Social Science in Copenhagen (Denmark), July 17-20, 2023. more

July 10, 2023 | News | Award

A Nice Surprise - Bettina Hünteler Receives Young Scholar Award


The 2023 Young Scholar Award of the journal Advances in Life Course Research goes to Bettina Hünteler. Since April 2023, she is working in the Kinship Inequalities Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. more

July 04, 2023 | Defo News

Education and Health


In this month's Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand, learn how maternal education affects child health, what personality traits influence the likelihood of having children, and why life insecurity is an important indicator of a population's health. more


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