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December 03, 2020 | News | Interview

Where Social Science meets Computational Science Dutton

A new field of research has emerged. Computational Social Science is an interdisciplinary area combining computing and social sciences. Demography is at the very heart of it. In this interview, Samin Aref, computer scientist at MPIDR, introduces us to the new field. more

November 25, 2020 | Press Release

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years. more

November 24, 2020 | Press Release

Breast Cancer: Knowledge About Screenings Does Not Change Prevention Behavior

The more informed you are, the better decisions you make, right? Research scientist Peter Eibich investigated whether women in the EU are more likely to have a breast cancer screening as a result of having been informed about the examination and treatment as part of an appointment invitation. Turns out, that is not the case. more

November 23, 2020 | Press Release

An Inside Look Into a Special Publication on Alcohol-Related Mortality in Eastern Europe

Domantas Jasilionis, alongside with David A. Leon and Robin Room, recently edited Drug & Alcohol Review’s Special Section on the impact of alcohol on mortality in Eastern Europe. In this interview, the researcher gave us an inside look into this collection and explains why research on this topic is still needed in the future. more

November 18, 2020 | News | Interview

Five new PhD students


In October and November five women started their research projects at the MPIDR in Rostock. They work in fields like statistics, migration and population health. more

November 12, 2020 | Press Release

The Desire for Children Amongst Highly Educated US-American Women

Women with college degrees in the US are less likely than others to become mothers, even if they had previously wanted a large family when they were younger. If these women decide to start a family though, they have the most children in the study compared to other demographics, found Natalie Nitsche in her recent paper. more

November 11, 2020 | Press Release

Using Bibliometric Records to Analyze Internal Migration of Researchers Girarte

A team at the MPIDR investigated the migration of researchers within Mexico using millions of bibliometric records. Their framework can now be used to analyze scientific mobility in other countries as well. more

November 06, 2020 | Press Release

How Fertility Declined in Latin America Amongst Different Social Classes in the 20th Century

Research scientist Andrés Castro recently analyzed the decrease of the complete fertility rate in six Latin American countries – examining different social classes during the second half of the 20th century. He found substantial differences between upper-class und lower-class women and suggests a change of perspective when studying fertility decline. more

November 05, 2020 | Press Release

Parents’ Well-Being: Gender Composition of Children Does Not Matter

For the first time, research scientist Daniela Negraia analyzed US-American survey data to investigate if parents’ happiness – during time spent with children – is influenced by the gender composition of their children. It is not. more

October 29, 2020 | News | Award ceremony

Mikko Myrskylä Receives Award by the Finnish Demographic Society

The Finnish Demographic Society has awarded MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä an honorary prize for advancing the field of demographic research. The award was presented during a virtual ceremony. 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.