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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.

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

December 09, 2020

How Depression at Older Ages and Dementia are Related

Read in the new issue of "Demographic Research At First Hand" how depression at older ages and dementia are related, why infertility is often not permanent, and how the COVID-19 pandemic affects life expectancy. more

September 29, 2020

Life expectancy: Why is the USA doing so badly?

Read in the new issue of "Demographic Research At First Hand" why life expectancy in the USA is so low and whether separated parents are better off if they equally provide care for their child. more

June 30, 2020

Economic Aftermath of Demographic Change Could be Less Dramatic

Why the economic aftermath of demographic change could be less dramatic than expected and whether early retirement increases the chance of having grandchildren. Read all about this and more in the latest issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand”. more

March 24, 2020

Many workers want to perform unpaid work in old age

How many and which people plan to continue working while in retirement, and why women so seldom earn more than their partner, are among the topics you can read about in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand.” more

December 17, 2019

Poor living environment – poor physical health

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" how a poor living environment affects health and how large the gap is between the number of children desired by and actually born to European women. more

October 07, 2019

How children influence the life expectancy of their parents

You can find out why parents live longer on average than childless people and how migrants and native-born women think about reproductive medicine by reading the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand.” more


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