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February 14, 2023 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Mandy Passehl is the New Assistant Managing Editor for the Journal Demographic Research


Mandy Passehl is excited about accompanying the publication process of scientific studies and is sure that the new position is a good fit for her. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching movies from Charlie Chaplin to Quentin Tarantino. more

February 03, 2023 | Press Release

Life in a Violent Country can be Years Shorter and Much Less Predictable – Even for Those Not Involved in Conflict

How long people live is less predictable and life expectancy for young people can be as much as 14 years shorter in violent countries compared to peaceful countries, according to a new study from an international team, including MPIDR Researchers. It reveals a direct link between the uncertainty of living in a violent setting, even for those not directly involved in the violence, and a ‘double burden’ of shorter and less predictable lives. more

January 31, 2023 | News | Research Funding

ERC Grant for Joshua Wilde


Joshua Wilde receives a 1.94 million Euro grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to conduct the project “Natural Sex Ratios at Birth and Missing Women: New Evidence and Implications”.  more

January 27, 2023 | News | Research Grant

MPIDR is Part of the Research Consortium of the Horizon Europe Project PREMIUM_EU

A consortium headed by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) has obtained a large Horizon Europe Framework project, with the title: Policy REcommendations to Maximise the beneficial Impact of Unexplored Mobilities in and beyond the European Union: PREMIUM_EU. From the MPIDR, Maciej Danko and Emilio Zagheni will participate in the New Mobility Data work package. more

January 23, 2023 | Press Release

Most Women in Sub-Saharan Africa Re-marry Quickly after Divorce or Widowhood, Even Though Re-Marriage Rates are Declining

Two researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany analyzed union dissolution in 34 sub-Saharan African countries over the past four decades by applying indirect demographic techniques in a novel way to overcome the lack of data. more

January 19, 2023 | Press Release

Migration of Academics: Economic Development Does Not Necessarily Lead to Brain Drain Chabib alwi

A team of researchers from the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography at the MPIDR produced a database that contains the number of academics per country, and the migration flows and rates from 1996 to 2021. They also analyzed the relationship between emigration and economic development per country. Their findings indicate that the patterns for the migration of academics may be widely different from the population-level ones, not necessarily leading to brain-drain. more

January 17, 2023 | News | Call for Papers

Ageing and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

A group of researchers, including Alyson van Raalte from the MPIDR, invites submissions of original and review articles to be featured in a special issue on ageing and health in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is centered around the three priority areas of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing: older persons and development, advancing health and well-being into old age, and ensuring enabling and supportive environments. more

January 17, 2023 | Press Release

Perceived Fairness

The world of a couple changes fundamentally after childbirth. Whether the partners are as satisfied with their relationship then as they were during their childless phase hinges in part on how fair they perceive the division of labor to be. If women consider the work load as stable unfair, their relationship satisfaction drops markedly after the birth of a child. This does not apply to men, however. more

January 12, 2023 | News | Research Funding

Marília Nepomuceno Receives DAAD Grant


MPIDR Researcher Marília Nepomuceno received a grant from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to promote research cooperation between Germany and Brazil for an in-depth assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Brazilian population dynamics. more

January 06, 2023 | News | Doctoral School

The Fourth IMPRS-PHDS Annual Academy was a Great Success, with nearly 100 Participants Attending


For three days in December 2022, the PhD students of the International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) exchanged ideas, presented their work, and networked with other researchers at the Annual Academy. After two years of virtual meetings due to the pandemic, this Annual Academy was the largest gathering since the doctoral school's inception in 2019. more


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