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March 17, 2020 | Press Release

Life expectancy crisis in the USA: The opioid crisis is not the decisive factor

Life expectancy in the USA is no longer rising. This stagnation has long been largely attributed to increasing numbers of drug deaths due to the opioid crisis. But Mikko Myrskylä and colleagues have now shown that deaths due to cardiovascular diseases are in fact having a much larger impact on life expectancy. more

March 12, 2020 | Press Release

Pensions in Germany: Living well in old age

How much should working people in Germany save for their retirement? There are a lot of very different recommendations. Christian Dudel and colleagues looked at savings targets for retirement and calculated new ones themselves. They concluded that at least 88 percent of the last net income is necessary to secure the same standard of living. more

March 10, 2020 | Press Release

Education reporting in Brazilian censuses is inaccurate Maneerat

The education reporting in Brazilian censuses is likely to be inaccurate. Marília Nepomuceno and a colleague show evidence that the data on educational attainment is differently misreported by age, sex, and educational level. more

February 25, 2020 | Press Release

Fertility in Germany: Retired grandparents help Images

Parents likely have a second child early, when grandparents retire nearby. However, they do not have more children. more

February 20, 2020 | News | Fertility in the Republic of Korea

Lowest fertility rate worldwide

Fertility data for the Republic of Korea were updated through 2018 by the Human Fertility Database. Korea's Total Fertility Rate hit a record low level of 0.98 children per women in 2018. In no country were fewer children born per woman. more

February 11, 2020 | News | International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women in demographic research


In Germany, more women obtain bachelor’s degrees than men for some years now. However, the more advanced an academic career is, the fewer women there are. The United Nations is raising awareness of this issue with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research employs almost as many female scientists as male scientists. Yana Vierboom is one of them. more

February 07, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Nicholas Campisi is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Lab


Coming from the University of St Andrews, with a Master’s degree in Applied Demography from Florida State University, Nicholas Campisi is a new PhD-student in the Fertility and Well-being Laboratory. He wants to develop models for small scale individual data on fertility. more

February 05, 2020 | Press Release

Fertility rates across Europe: Regions grow together

The average number of children per woman in Europe varies from country to country. Nevertheless, many neighboring regions have similar birth rates. For the first time, this was examined for many countries in Europe by Nicholas Campisi and colleagues using small-scale data from Eurostat. more

January 30, 2020 | News | Computational network models

Partisanship in the US Congress has slowed down the decline of bill passage

With the help of computational network models, Samin Aref analyzed US political polarization and its impact on passing bills in the US Congress in a study published in Scientific Reports. more

January 28, 2020 | News | Alcohol-related mortality

It remains similar across borders in Eastern Europe

Excessive alcohol consumption is the major cause of high and early mortality among men in Eastern Europe. Cross-border similarities of alcohol-related mortality might be rooted in shared history and traditions. 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.