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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

July 01, 2023 | News

New Max Planck Center for Social Inequalities in Population Health in Rostock and Helsinki

Starting in July, the MaxHel: Max Planck l University of Helsinki Center for Social Inequalities in Population Health aims to uncover the central social processes that generate health inequalities, building on novel conceptual insights and a completely unique data landscape. more

June 28, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Alessandro Feraldi!


Another new face at MPIDR is Alessandro Feraldi from Italy. Alessandro comes from Sapienza University in Rome where he obtained his PhD. The topic of his thesis was “Gender Gap in Health and Survival". His field of research is demography and he has a background in statistics. In his previous research, Alessandro analyzed the gender gap in health and survival, focusing on the contributions of age and causes of death to the gender gap in life expectancy, as well as on social and behavioral risk factors that potentially increase/decrease the gender gap in healthy life expectancy. Alessandro joins the research group Labor Demography as a postdoctoral fellow. more

June 22, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, José Carlos Andrade Santacruz!


MPIDR welcomed several new faces to the Institute in May. One of them is José Carlos Andrade Santacruz from Ecuador. While working with us for the next three years as a PhD student, he will focus on methodological innovations to life tables to study inequalities in mortality across different socioeconomic contexts. more

June 07, 2023 | News

Congratulations Jiaxin Shi


On June 7th, Jiaxin Shi successfully defended his dissertation on “Mortality Inequality and Its Implications for Retirees” and obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford. more

June 01, 2023 | News | Research Visit

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program 2023


The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program, a three-month research visit (from June 1 – August 25, 2023) for a diverse group of PhD students. more

May 15, 2023 | News | Systematic Literature Review

Fertility after a Disaster - Approach to an Unbiased View

Disasters affect whether, when, and how many children people have – a critical dimension of human behavior that is among the most intimate decisions people make in their lives. A current Systematic Literature Review examines how fertility changes after such drastic events. What is special about this review is that the researchers have tried to reduce risk of various biases during literature review. more

May 11, 2023 | News

Birth Numbers on a Rollercoaster during Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic sent birth trends in wealthier countries on a roller coaster ride. While birth rates fell in most of the countries studied as a result of the pandemic outbreak, there was even a small baby boom in some countries later. more

May 10, 2023 | News | Goodbye

Farewell Vladimir Shkolnikov


At the beginning of May we said goodbye to our colleague Vladimir Shkolnikov. He went into his well deserved pension. Vladimir was part of our institute for 23 years. more


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