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July 24, 2023 | News | New Publication

Searching for Reasons for the Rise in Stillbirth Rates in Germany


The stillbirth rate in Germany has been rising steadily since 2009. The reasons for this are still unclear. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and the University of Rostock have used decomposition analysis to investigate the influence of demographic factors such as the age and nationality of pregnant women on the increase in the stillbirth rate in Germany. more

July 18, 2023 | Press Release

Work life is getting longer in Germany - but there are big differences

Can extending work lives be a solution to the future problems of an aging society? If everyone works longer and retires later, the number of people paying into the pension system will increase. Little is known about working life in Germany. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock and the Federal Institute for Population Research have now conducted a study to examine how the length of work life in Germany has changed and what influence the numerous labor market and pension reforms of recent decades have had. more

July 14, 2023 | Press Release

Impact of Using Multiple Social Media Channels on Well-Being

Social media have become an integral part of everyday life. However, numerous studies have produced conflicting results on how the use of these applications affects the mental health of their users. A common assumption is that the use of many different social media platforms has a negative impact on users' well-being. Researchers Sophie Lohmann and Emilio Zagheni, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, investigated this assumption. In their study, they used a statistical technique to adjust for the fact that people who use a number of social media platforms may be different to start with. The result of the study shows that the use of many different social media platforms is not a significant risk factor for the well-being of the users. more

July 13, 2023 | News | Conference

MPIDR at IC2S2 2023 in Copenhagen

Our colleagues from the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography will present their research at the 9th International Conference on Computational Social Science in Copenhagen (Denmark), July 17-20, 2023. more

July 10, 2023 | News | Award

A Nice Surprise - Bettina Hünteler Receives Young Scholar Award


The 2023 Young Scholar Award of the journal Advances in Life Course Research goes to Bettina Hünteler. Since April 2023, she is working in the Kinship Inequalities Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. more

July 06, 2023 | Press Release

Employment has a positive effect on mothers’ well-being - but women with very young children need more support

The number of working mothers in Germany has been rising for years, however, they find themselves constantly balancing between work and family. Research shows that being employed has a positive effect on a person's health and well-being. However, no research has examined how employment affects the well-being and health of single mothers and cohabiting mothers. Dr. Mine Kühn of Tilburg University (NL) and Dr. Christian Dudel of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), together with Prof. Martin Werding of the Ruhr University Bochum, have recently investigated this question. more

July 04, 2023 | Defo News

Education and Health


In this month's Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand, learn how maternal education affects child health, what personality traits influence the likelihood of having children, and why life insecurity is an important indicator of a population's health. more

July 01, 2023 | News

New Max Planck Center for Social Inequalities in Population Health in Rostock and Helsinki

Starting in July, the MaxHel: Max Planck l University of Helsinki Center for Social Inequalities in Population Health aims to uncover the central social processes that generate health inequalities, building on novel conceptual insights and a completely unique data landscape. more

June 28, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Alessandro Feraldi!


Another new face at MPIDR is Alessandro Feraldi from Italy. Alessandro comes from Sapienza University in Rome where he obtained his PhD. The topic of his thesis was “Gender Gap in Health and Survival". His field of research is demography and he has a background in statistics. In his previous research, Alessandro analyzed the gender gap in health and survival, focusing on the contributions of age and causes of death to the gender gap in life expectancy, as well as on social and behavioral risk factors that potentially increase/decrease the gender gap in healthy life expectancy. Alessandro joins the research group Labor Demography as a postdoctoral fellow. more

June 22, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, José Carlos Andrade Santacruz!


MPIDR welcomed several new faces to the Institute in May. One of them is José Carlos Andrade Santacruz from Ecuador. While working with us for the next three years as a PhD student, he will focus on methodological innovations to life tables to study inequalities in mortality across different socioeconomic contexts. more


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