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August 08, 2022 | News | Congratulations

Emilio Zagheni New EAPS Council Vice-President


MPIDR Director Emilio Zagheni started his two-year term as Vice-President of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) Council. As President-elect he will serve as President for another two years starting in 2024. more

July 20, 2022 | Press Release

COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany: The Mental Health of Young Mothers Suffers

Daycare centers and schools closed, little support for childcare outside the home, and frequent remote work from home: this situation during the first COVID-19 wave in the spring of 2020 led to a significant increase in stress and exhaustion in Germany, especially among mothers of young children living in partnerships. These are the findings of a new study by MPIDR Researchers Nicole Hiekel and Mine Kühn. more

July 19, 2022 | Press Release

COVID-19 Lockdowns: How to Use Google Searches to Understand Upsurges in Intimate Partner Violence

MPIDR Researcher Ebru Şanlıtürk and colleagues demonstrate in their recent study published in the European Journal of Population that Google Trends data are an effective tool to predict calls to domestic violence helplines and emergency numbers during the COVID-19 crisis. more

July 15, 2022 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Manal Elzalabany Is the New Research Coordinator for the COVerAGE-Database


Coming from the World Health Organization Regional Office in Cairo, where she worked as an epidemiologist and data analyst focusing on COVID-19 data management and analysis, Manal Elzalabany now coordinates the COVerAGE-DB project at the MPIDR. In her free time she wants to play the violin again more often. more

July 13, 2022 | Press Release

How Education Affects Family Size Hendrickson

Siblings are born less often in couples where at least one parent has a low level of education than in couples where both partners have completed tertiary education. This is the result of a study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. The study is based on a data analysis of 22 European countries. more

July 04, 2022 | Defo News

How Education Affects Family Size

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ why the demographic dividend in sub-Saharan Africa has not materialized and how the formal education of couples affects family size affects. more

June 28, 2022 | News | Timetable

MPIDR at the European Population Conference 2022

Many researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) present their work at the European Population Conference, which takes place in Groningen from 29 June - 2 July. The Institute also has an on-site exhibition booth. more

June 24, 2022 | Press Release

COVID-19: Tens of Millions Left Bereaved Because of the Pandemic

The pandemic killed millions of people worldwide. The number of bereaved is even higher. Young people more often lost grandparents, and older people were more likely to mourn the loss of siblings. These are the results of a simulation-based study published in PNAS by an international team including MPIDR Researchers and a visiting student from the University of California, Berkeley. more

June 22, 2022 | Press Release

LinkedIn Data Shed Light on the Openness to Migrate Internationally for a Job

In their recent study MPIDR Researcher Daniela Perrotta and co-authors show how a novel LinkedIn dataset can be used to characterize international migration aspirations in Europe. They find that in absolute terms, countries in Northern and Western Europe are the most attractive ones for potential migrants. But in terms of relative attractiveness - quantified by means of a gravity-type model - Southern Europe appears to be more attractive. more

June 13, 2022 | Press Release

Migration of German Scientists: Men Are More Likely to Return to Germany

Last summer, MPIDR Researcher Xinyi Zhao and colleagues published a study analyzing migration flows of scientists moving to and from Germany, using bibliometric data from over eight million scholarly publications from the online publication database Scopus. Their most recent paper, a follow-up study, appeared in the journal Scientometrics and shows that male researchers who had left Germany return to Germany at a higher rate than female researchers of the same academic cohorts and disciplines. more


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