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April 13, 2021 | Press Release

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Cause of Excess Deaths in the U.S.

The population in the United States suffers from a mortality disadvantage. By comparing death rates in the U.S. with those of the five biggest European countries, demographer Yana Vierboom and a colleague found excess death numbers to be greater than the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2020. more

April 06, 2021 | Press Release

Global Comparison: How Many Mothers Have Lost a Child

The first systematic comparison of 170 countries reveals large global inequalities in the number of mothers who have experienced the death of a child. more

March 29, 2021 | Defo News

COVID-19 Related Excess Mortality in Europe

Pandemic trajectories in European countries differ in timing, duration, and scope of infection waves. But overall, substantially more people died in 2020 and early this year compared to previous years’ average. Life expectancy in some European countries may thus fall by one to two years. more

March 29, 2021 | Defo News

How Demography can Help to Better Understand the Pandemic

Why do death rates among people with COVID-19 vary so much by country? How long should a lockdown last? And how to calculate future load of intensive care units? Read the answers to these and other questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a six-page special edition of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" more

March 25, 2021 | News | Welcome at MPIDR

Jisu Kim is a new Researcher at the Digital and Computational Demography Lab

Questions about international migration are what drives Jisu Kim’s research the most. The new researcher in the Digital and Computational Demography Lab comes from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. more

March 18, 2021 | News | Call for Papers

Life Course Analysis

The life course approach has made a lasting impact on the social sciences. That is why this event brings together researchers to present and discuss recent developments in life course analysis and to contribute to advancing the field. more

February 19, 2021 | News | Call for Papers

Pandemic Babies? The Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Fertility and Family Dynamics

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting childbearing and family processes around the globe. This conference aims at bringing together scholars who examine fertility and family change in times of the pandemic. We invite submissions that document fertility and family trends. more

February 18, 2021 | Press Release

Covid-19 Deaths Worldwide: Taken Together, People Under 75 Account for Most of the Years of Life Lost Ragina

To properly assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mortality, it is not enough to only count the number of dead. That's why an international team of researchers evaluated more than 1.2 million deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 81 countries to learn how old the people who died from COVID-19 were, and how much their lives were shortened compared to the average life expectancy. more

February 11, 2021 | News

Women in Demographic Research


Diversity of talented researchers enhances the research and discoveries we deliver as a scientific community. The United Nations is raising awareness of the critical role women and girls play in science and technology with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. At the MPIDR, we believe in the power of diverse talents and are celebrating this day by showing what research questions drive our female researchers the most. more

February 09, 2021 | Press Release

Does a Lack of a Family Network Put a Strain on Mental Health? Edwards

What role do family networks play in the mental health of people over 60 living as a couple in Germany? MPIDR researcher Peter Eibich and a colleague recently investigated this question. 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.