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February 14, 2022 | News | Media Coverage

Covid-19 Experts at the MPIDR

Collecting and evaluating data correctly is of great importance, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic. As social scientists and data researchers, our demographers are currently in great demand. A selection of their media coverage. more

February 11, 2022 | News | Interview with Emma Zai

How Public Measures Can Encourage Men and Women to Split Caregiving More Equally

courtesy of Emma Zai

The United Nations recognizes the role of women and girls in science as agents of change with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Emma Zai, a Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), analyzes what kind of economic implications there are for women if public policy regulates informal caregiving. In this interview she explains her findings, encourages young women to pursue a career in science, and tells us about her own role model. more

February 10, 2022 | Press Release

Immigration Patterns Are Reflected in Facebook Data on Popular Foods and Drinks

Researchers have developed a novel strategy for using Facebook data to measure cultural similarity between countries, revealing associations between immigration patterns and people’s food and drink interests. Carolina Coimbra Vieira, and colleagues present these findings in PLOS ONE. more

February 09, 2022 | News | Congratulations

Nicholas Campisi Obtained His Doctorate


Nicholas Campisi successfully defended his thesis at St Andrews on Monday. The thesis was accepted without corrections, which is unusual. more

February 08, 2022 | Press Release

Fertility in the Global South: Large Income Inequality, Large Differences in Timing of Motherhood

High income inequality is associated with large differences in the timing of motherhood. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and colleagues analyzed data from 86 countries in the Global South to examine this association empirically. more

February 04, 2022 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Adarsh Is a New PhD Student in the Laboratory of Population Health


Coming from the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, where he obtained his Masters, Adarsh is a new PhD Student in the Laboratory of Population Health and takes part in the joint St Andrews–Max Planck PhD Studentship. He wants to find out how substance abuse influences mortality trends in high-income countries. more

February 03, 2022 | Press Release

Finland: Low Mortality in Prison, High Mortality After Release ahamed

A team of researchers including Riku Laine from the University of Helsinki and MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä analyzed mortality in and out of prison among people who entered substance use treatment in Finland using registry data in a 28-year follow-up. more

January 31, 2022 | News | Call for Papers

6th Human Mortality Database Symposium: Old and New Challenges to Longevity Prospects

The Human Mortality Database (HMD) Project team invites contributions to the 6th HMD Symposium in Paris from June, 16 to June 17. more

January 30, 2022 | Press Release

Testosterone as Men Age

In the second half of life, men with low testosterone levels are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions than men with average levels. Using data from around 5600 men in the UK, an international team of researchers analyzed interplays linked to testosterone levels and how their impact changes over the course of life. more

January 25, 2022 | News | Call for Papers: Deadline Extension

PDR Special Issue: Pandemic Babies? The Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Fertility and Family Dynamics

In December 2021, a conference hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) brought together more than 100 international researchers to present and discuss recent research on the impact and consequences of the pandemic for family and fertility dynamics. A Population and Development Review Supplement co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the Population Council will be based mainly on this conference. more


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