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January 20, 2022 | Press Release

The Relationship between Migration and Family Formation Depends on Class and Gender

Migrants from Latin American and Caribbean countries do not show one unique pattern of family formation – they depend on class and gender. Migration does not influence family formation of socially and economically privileged persons but it does influence those of disadvantaged individuals. more

January 12, 2022 | News | New Publication

Low Birth Weight Among IVF Children Not Linked to Infertility Treatments

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Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction are more likely to be born premature and are at greater risk of being born small than naturally conceived babies. However, according to new research by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, the University of Utah and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), the differences in birth weight and prematurity are not due to the treatments themselves, but due to differences in family and health circumstances of the parents. more

January 11, 2022 | Press Release

Fertility in the U.S.: Does Migration Influence the Timing of First Births Across Racial/Ethnic Groups Equally?

Women's place of birth helps to explain racial/ethnic disparities in the timing and quantum of fertility. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and Emilio Parrado, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate how foreign-born mothers are more determinant for Hispanic's fertility patterns than Black's and White's. more

January 10, 2022 | News | Congratulations

Joshua Wilde Appointed Editor of Population and Development Review


The Population Council announced Raya Muttarak and Joshua Wilde as new Editors of Population and Development Review (PDR). more

December 20, 2021 | News | Season’s Greetings

Let’s Take a Break and Look Positively into the Future


We wish all our employees, alumni, and friends of the Institute and Demography overall, a very happy holiday season and a good start into the new year. more

December 16, 2021 | News | New Publication

Heavy Metal Toxicity and Mortality

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MPIDR-Researcher Pekka Martikainen, Kaarina Korhonen and Lasse Tarkiainen published a new article on heavy metal toxicity and mortality in BMJ's Christmas Issue. more

December 15, 2021 | Defo News

Life expectancy: Abrupt end to steady rise

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand” how the Corona epidemic affected life expectancy in 2020 and how working weekends impacts work-family balance. more

December 13, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Jessica Donzowa Is a New PhD Student at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography

With courtesy of Jessica Donzowa

Jessica Donzowa is a new PhD Student in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography. She wants to explore and evaluate new data sources, like Social Media. In her free time she likes jigsaw puzzles and visiting her 15-year-old dog in her home town. more

December 09, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Jasmin Abdel Ghany is a new PhD-Student at the Fertility and Well-being Lab

With courtesy of Jasmin Abdel Ghany

Coming from the University of Edinburgh, where she obtained her Master in Social Research, Jasmin Abdel Ghany is a new PhD-Student at the Fertility and Well-being Laboratory. She wants to find out how climate change impacts fertility, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In her free time she likes to travel, from Rostock she will probably visit friends in Scandinavia more often. more

December 08, 2021 | News | Interview

How to Measure Lifespan Inequality in Mortality with a New Metric


MPIDR-Researchers Marília Nepomuceno and Alyson van Raalte propose a novel lifespan variation measure in their recent paper published in Demography. In this interview, the researchers explain why it is important to analyze lifespan inequality and how the new metric provides an alternative perspective. more


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