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July 28, 2020 | Press Release

The Oldest-old: Substantially fewer Centenarians in Brazil

More than 24,000 individuals reported themselves to be at least 100 years old in Brazil in 2000, according to census data. Researchers have long been skeptical about these official figures. Now Marília Nepomuceno presents more realistic numbers. She concludes an extensive over enumeration of centenarians over the whole of the 20thcentury. more

July 22, 2020 | Press Release

Mortality in High Income Countries: Causes of Death Show More Variation

Over the past 20 years or so, the variation in broad causes of death has increased in 15 high income countries. More people died of diseases of the nervous system, such as Alzheimer's disease, or diseases of the genitourinary system, such as kidney disease, than did so in the past. However, cardiovascular diseases and cancer remain the two most frequent causes of death. more

July 22, 2020 | Press Release

Cities in the Global South Grow due to Immigration from Abroad

Migration is a significant factor in the population growth of cities in the Global South. Many cities grow more through immigration from abroad than through births, deaths, or internal migration. more

July 20, 2020 | Press Release

German Counties: People in the South Live Longer than those in the North

People do not reach the same age everywhere in Germany. Roland Rau calculated the average life expectancy for men and women in all 402 German  counties. He discovered that the numbers varied by more than five years and attributed that difference to poverty. more

June 30, 2020 | Defo News

Economic Aftermath of Demographic Change Could be Less Dramatic

Why the economic aftermath of demographic change could be less dramatic than expected and whether early retirement increases the chance of having grandchildren. Read all about this and more in the latest issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand”. more

June 23, 2020 | Press Release

Young, but Chronically Diseased: One Reason why the COVID-19 Pandemic Looks Different in the Global Southé Barretta

Although populations in countries in the Global South are on average younger than in Europe, they might be more vulnerable to severe forms of COVID-19. One reason for this is the higher proportion of people at working age with pre-existing chronic conditions.  more

June 17, 2020 | News | Award

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez Receives Otto Hahn Medal


Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, receives the Otto Hahn Medal for his PhD dissertation. more

June 10, 2020 | Press Release

For Better or Worse: Parents Experience More Emotions in Everyday Life, Compared to Non-parents

Parents experience more meaning in life and more happiness than adults without minor children. But only as long as they spend time with their children. MPIDR researcher Daniela Negraia found that when at the workplace there are no differences in emotional states. more

June 04, 2020 | Press Release

New Covid-19 Data Online: Weekly Death Counts for 15 Countries

Weekly death counts can be used to calculate how many more people are currently dying during the Covid-19 pandemic than would be expected according to trends in recent years. more

June 04, 2020 | Press Release

How Many People Actually Have Covid-19?

The demographic scaling model developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research makes it possible to estimate the actual number of Covid-19-infections in different countries with just a minimum of data. 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.