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March 30, 2023 | News | Symposium

“Model simple, think complex” - A Symposium in Honor of James W. Vaupel


On the occasion of the first anniversary of his sudden passing away, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research honored its Founding Director with a one-day symposium showcasing James Vaupel's groundbreaking contributions to the field of demography. more

March 09, 2023 | Press Release

US Health: Women over 50 Spend More Time Without a Partner and Cognitively Impaired than Men Trade

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany and the University of St Andrews in Scotland estimates how long a 50-year old person in the US is going to live without a partner and/or be cognitively impaired. In their paper recently published in “Population Studies” the researchers find disparities of up to 10 years both between men and women and ethnic groups. more

March 03, 2023 | Press Release

US Mortality: New Measure Reveals Large Mortality Inequality

Researchers at the MPIDR and University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a new measure called GAP to assess contemporary mortality inequality in the US across racial-ethnic groups. They find that current estimates based on standard metrics such as life expectancy underestimate racial-ethnic disparities in mortality. more

March 02, 2023 | News | Media Coverage

Covid-19 Experts at the MPIDR

Collecting and evaluating data correctly is of great importance, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic. As social scientists and data researchers, our demographers are currently in great demand. A selection of their media coverage. more

February 28, 2023 | Press Release

Migration of Academics Worldwide: Women in Science Are Less Mobile but the Gender Gap has Shrunk Lukin

An international team including MPIDR Researchers is the first to offer a global and dynamic view on the migration of academics by gender. The paper recently published in PNAS finds that while female researchers were less internationally mobile than men, the gender gap has shrunk considerably over the past 20 years. more

February 27, 2023 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Sanny Boy Domingo Afable is a new PhD Student at the Laboratory of Population Health


Sanny Boy Domingo Afable comes from the Population Institute of the University of the Philippines to the MPIDR. There he obtained his Master of Arts in Demography. He is part of the joint St Andrews–Max Planck PhD Studentship. He is going to work at the MPIDR until October 2024 and will complete the program in St Andrews.  more

February 17, 2023 | Press Release

Parents in Germany: What Role does Personality Play in the Decision to Have Children?

Personality traits such as agreeableness, conscientiousness, and extraversion affect the probability of having children. MPIDR doctoral student Steffen Peters demonstrates this in his new study using longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study. more

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


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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.