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August 16, 2021 | News | Blog Post on New Publication

How Has Cardiovascular Disease Contributed to the Rural–Urban Life Expectancy Gap?

In the United States, rural residents do not live as long as their urban counterparts. This disparity has been widening for decades. In their paper recently published in the IJE, Leah Abrams, Mikko Myrskylä and Neil Mehta found that the gap in life expectancy would be even wider today if declines in cardiovascular disease mortality had not slowed around 2010. more

August 06, 2021 | News | 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

The MPIDR at the 2021 ASA Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) takes place from August 6 to 10 in a virtual manner. Several researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) present their work, there. more

August 02, 2021 | Press Release

Not Just Later, but Fewer: Women in Nordic Countries Now Have Less Children

Fertility in Nordic countries declined in the 2010s. Women now not only have children later in their lives, but also fewer. This is what MPIDR Research Fellow Julia Hellstrand and MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä found for the first time by analyzing up-to-date data from the Human Fertility Database (HFD) and Nordic statistical agencies. more

July 29, 2021 | Press Release

Postponed Retirement Slows Cognitive Decline

Postponing retirement is protective against cognitive decline. The beneficial effect is related to a slowed rate of cognitive decline rather than a boost in cognitive function. That is what a recent study by MPIDR researcher Angelo Lorenti and colleagues found by analyzing data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. more

July 28, 2021 | Press Release

Mortality Risk After Widowhood: For Some Immigrants, It Is Even Higher Zinkevych

Do persons with an immigrant background have an even higher risk of dying after being widowed than native-born persons? An international team including MPIDR researchers answers this question in their recent study. more

July 27, 2021 | Press Release

Migration of Scientists: Who Moves to Germany? Who Leaves Germany?

A team including MPIDR researcher Xinyi Zhao analyzed migration flows of scientists moving to and from Germany using bibliometric data from over eight million publications from the online publication database Scopus. The strongest connections are found with the US, the UK, and Switzerland. In areas like Engineering and Physics, female scientists moving to Germany may help moderate extreme levels of gender disparities among scientists. more

July 26, 2021 | News | IC2S2 2021

MPIDR at the 7th International Conference on Computational Social Science 2021

Several MPIDR researchers present their work at the 7th International Conference on Computational Social Science, which takes place in a virtual manner from July 27-31, 2021. more

July 21, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Jonas Schöley is a new Researcher at the Laboratory of Population Health

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Coming from the University of Southern Denmark, Jonas Schöley is a new Researcher at the Laboratory of Population Health. He wants to explore how a population relate to its individuals in statistics. He likes Rostock for its perfect size and having one of everything from a harbor to a zoo. more

July 13, 2021 | Press Release

The Higher Developed a Country, the Weaker the Contraceptive Effect of Breastfeeding Images Studio

What determines how long it takes to resume fecundity after a childbirth for women who breastfeed? Former MPIDR researchers assessed survey data to answer this question in 84 low- and middle-income countries. They found that the contraceptive effect of breastfeeding has sharply decreased in these countries over the past 40 years. more

July 12, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Sascha Jänicke-Osterholz is the new Head of Administration


Sascha Jänicke-Osterholz is the new Head of Administration. Before joining the MPIDR, he worked at the Hochschule Wismar, was Financial Officer and Third-Party Funding Manager at the Carl von Ossietzky University , as well as Head of Administration for a Public Vocational School in Oldenburg. In his free time he likes to ride his racing bike and to take care of his new allotment garden. 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.