October 02, 2012 | Defo News

100 in Sight

The current issue and all past issues can be found at www.demografische-forschung.org © MPIDR

The new issue (Nr. 03/2012) of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand", the popular science newsletter with latest research results from demography, has been released. (The Newsletter is available in German only.)

100 in Sight
5 months are added to every birth cohort.
In 1950, average life expectancy for women in Iceland was 73.5 years, the world record held for that year. But this is only a snap shot view of 1950 conditions projected to the future. The world record in life time for women born in 1950 is probably 10 years higher. 

Demographic Change: Who will profit? Democrats or Republicans?
Political forecasts for the USA: The clientele of the Democrats will have grown by two to three percentage points by 2043.
Which of the two major parties will benefit from current demographic developments? Both sides have a case in point: Republican supporters have higher birth rates, Democrats may gain from migration. A new study looks at which argument outweighs the other.

Other People's Children
Too few contributors: Child benefit or pensions based on the number of children as incentives to have more births. Does it work?
Anyone wishing to be financially secure at old age must pay pension contributions for as long as possible and as much as possible. In many Western countries, those who reduce time spent in employment because they look after their children will have financially lost out. The pension system needs to rely on tomorrow's contributors. A study by the University of Rostock has looked at two measures that would increase financial support for families.

"Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" is a joint publication of the Max Planck Institute for demographic Research (MPIDR), the Rostocker Zentrum zur Erforschung des Demografischen Wandels (RZ) and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID). The newsletter is released four times a year and is available electronically and as a printed version and is free of charge.

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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.