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The newsletter "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" is published by the MPIDR in cooperation with other renowned institutions, whose main research focus is on demography. It presents the newest results from demographic research, written for a wider public audience. The newsletter is published quarterly and freely available in digital as well as printed form.

March 20, 2024

Food and Climate

In the current issue of Demografischen Forschung Aus Erster Hand, you can find out which regions of the world will be hardest hit by climate change, where people in German-speaking countries live the longest, and how the proximity of fast-food outlets affects people's health. more

December 13, 2023

Women´s work

To find out why not all population groups benefit equally from measures that extend working life, how the type of employment contract affects the length of the commute and what causes the lower stability of inter-ethnic marriages, read the new issue of Demografischen Forschung Aus Erster Hand. more

October 10, 2023

Blind Spots

To find out how the pandemic has affected births, how people spend the last year of their lives, and what risk factors contribute to the development of dementia, read the new issue of Demografischen Forschung Aus Erster Hand. more

July 04, 2023

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

April 12, 2023

COVID-19 and Depression

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ about how uncertainty affects family planning and the impact of pandemic related school closures on mental health and educational outcomes. more

December 19, 2022

What personal networks do refugees have?

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ to what extent a fair division of labor influences a couple’s relationship satisfaction and whether people age more healthily in the city or in the countryside. more

September 27, 2022

Middle Generations Particularly Burdened by Pandemic

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ which generations are the most financially burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic and which end-of-life diseases are among the most common. more

July 04, 2022

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

March 29, 2022

Having Children – Just a Matter of Money?

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" what commuting distance has to do with maternal income and what social and financial barriers there are to fertility treatment. more

December 15, 2021

Life expectancy: Abrupt end to steady rise

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand” how the Corona epidemic affected life expectancy in 2020 and how working weekends impacts work-family balance. more


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