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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.

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

September 29, 2021

How Environmental Changes Influence Migration

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" to what extent climate changes influence global migration flows and what a publication database reveals about Germany’s attractiveness as a research location. more

June 29, 2021

Late births increase faster among women than men

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" how life expectancy has developed since the late Middle Ages and how many women are still having children beyond age 40. more

March 29, 2021

How Demography can Help to Better Understand the Pandemic

Why do death rates among people with COVID-19 vary so much by country? How long should a lockdown last? And how to calculate future load of intensive care units? Read the answers to these and other questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a six-page special edition of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" more

March 29, 2021

COVID-19 Related Excess Mortality in Europe

Pandemic trajectories in European countries differ in timing, duration, and scope of infection waves. But overall, substantially more people died in 2020 and early this year compared to previous years’ average. Life expectancy in some European countries may thus fall by one to two years. more


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