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May 23, 2022 | News | Interview

How to Use Bibliometric Data for Demographic Research


Bibliometric data, information extracted from scientific publications, can be considered as a source of digital trace data. In this interview, MPIDR Researcher Aliakbar Akbaritabar explains how re-purposing bibliometric data allows answering social science and demographic questions more

May 16, 2022 | Press Release

Demographic Analysis Reveals the Long Shadow of Genocide in Guatemala

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez

What are the long-term consequences of genocide for survivors? A new study by MPIDR researcher Diego Alburez-Gutierrez documents the mortality toll from the Maya Achi genocide in Guatemala and the role that it may play for historical memory. more

May 13, 2022 | News | Interview

How to Calculate Excess Mortality to Better Estimate the Impact of the Pandemic


Excess mortality is an often-used measure to estimate the mortality burden due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Marília Nepomuceno, Dmitri Jdanov and colleagues looked at factors that affect this measure. In this interview they explain why excess mortality rates vary substantially when changing data and methods and recommend ways to better calculate excess mortality. more

May 11, 2022 | News | Interview

“No Single Metric Is a Panacea”


Jiaxin Shi, PhD Student in the Research Group: Lifespan Inequalities and colleagues suggest to use the stratification index to analyze mortality inequalities between groups. In the interview he explains why this metric offers a new perspective and what he found when applying it to Finnish register data. more

May 10, 2022 | Press Release

UK: Testosterone Reduces Risk of Becoming Unemployed Pimpisarn

British men with comparatively high testosterone levels are less likely to become unemployed and have an increased chance to find a new job. That is what the recent study by Peter Eibich, Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock and colleagues finds. The paper was published in “Economics & Human Biology”. more

April 28, 2022 | News | Congratulations

Lydia Palumbo Obtained Her Doctorate


Lydia Palumbo successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Southampton on April, 13th. The thesis was accepted without corrections, which is unusual. more

April 04, 2022 | News

New Research Group on Kinship Inequalities

A new independent Max Planck Research Group led by Diego Alburez-Gutierrez will be launched in May. The group will study how differences in kinship among persons and groups determine individual outcomes and structure human societies. more

April 04, 2022 | News

New Research Group on Gender Inequalities and Fertility

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) will launch a new independent Max Planck Research Group in June, focusing on explanations why family life events such as union formation, separation, parenthood and family extension play out differently for women and men. The group is led by Nicole Hiekel. more

April 01, 2022 | News | Timetable

MPIDR at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2022


Several researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) present their work at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, which takes place in an hybrid manner from April 6-9, 2022. The Institute also has an on-site exhibition booth and a virtual presence. more

March 29, 2022 | Defo News

Having Children – Just a Matter of Money?

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" what commuting distance has to do with maternal income and what social and financial barriers there are to fertility treatment. more


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