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July 24, 2019 | News | Publication

The 1.5 million gap

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The 2011 census has left a long gap in Germany’s population figures. Between this and the preceding censuses a large number of errors must have crept into the statistics. How can plausible population figures still be derived even in the inter-censal period? more

July 18, 2019 | News | New Publication

Fertility in the Global South

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How have birth rates in urban and rural areas developed in countries of the Global South? Mathias Lerch discusses the similarities and differences he identified in his PLOS ONE article just published. more

July 11, 2019 | News | Tutorial

Introduction to Agent-Based Computational Modelling in Social Science


The MPIDR organizes a tutorial titled "Introduction to Agent-Based Computational Modelling in Social Science” at the 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science in Amsterdam on July 17. more

July 09, 2019 | News | New Publication

Study examines whether men and women rate their health differently


A common cliché says that men are tough guys but whine about small aches. Then again, statisticians also see that women often assess their health to be more poorly than men do. So, which sex is more vulnerable? more

July 03, 2019 | Press Release

In poor countries birth spacing affects infant mortality / ranplett

In low-income countries children's chance of survival depends on the period between their birth and the birth of their sibling. In some cases, increasing the time between births by just one year can reduce the risk of infant mortality by about 50%. more

July 01, 2019 | News | Rostock Retreat on Simulation

Rostock Retreat on Simulation

Population researchers and social scientists who use computer simulations to advance discovery take part in the Rostock Retreat on Simulation at the MPIDR. more

June 28, 2019 | News | Project Days

Pupils learn basics of demography

At the end of June, tenth grade pupils of Rostock’s Innerstädtisches Gymnasium and the city’s Gymnasium Reutershagen were guests at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). more

June 26, 2019 | Defo News

Men or women - who is the sensitive gender?

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" how the opioid crisis in the USA is reducing average life expectancy. Other topics: Men or women - who is the sensitive gender? more

June 14, 2019 | News | Apply now: Rostock Open Science Workshop

Rostock Open Science Workshop

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The Rostock Open Science Workshop will introduce demographic researchers to the tools and practices of open science. The Workshop will be held at the MPIDR on October 10th and 11th, 2019. more

June 11, 2019 | News | Suessmilch Lecture

Mothers’ Employment in 22 Countries

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On June 18th, 2019, Jennifer Hook from the University of Southern California, will give a lecture about the influence of family policies and income inequalities on mothers in 22 countries. more

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.