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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.

December 06, 2013

One is better than none

In the new issue of “First Hand Demographic Research,” read about how the state of the economy at the start of life can affect a person’s cognitive abilities in old age, and what couples do when they disagree about whether to have a child. more

October 09, 2013

All based on pure calculation?

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand” which pensioners live longest and why fathers are taking parental leave. more

July 09, 2013

Longer life thanks to fall of wall

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ why education protects against natural disasters and how many years in life expectancy people in Eastern Germany have gained thanks to the fall of the wall. more

April 04, 2013

Similar, though different

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“ about remaining differences between families in Eastern and Western Germany and the development of birthrates in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. more

December 19, 2012

Wer traut sich noch?

Read in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand” why fewer people are getting married in France than in Germany and why by mid-century more people will nevertheless be living there than in the Federal Republic. more

October 02, 2012

100 in Sight

Read in the newest issue of „Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand“, which political party in the US will profit from demographic change and why the record in life expectancy is higher than thought. more

July 03, 2012

How many will we be in 2050?

Read the latest issue of Demografische Forschung aus erster Hand to find out how a new model produces more reliable forecasts of population development. more

March 28, 2012

Do you know how many children will be born?

Read in the new issue of „Demografische Forschung aus erster Hand“ about why female Turkish immigrants in Germany are getting children less often, and why the birth rate in Germany could be higher than previously thought. more

December 22, 2011

Family, Education and Money

Read about how the education of women is affecting the growth in the world population, and why stepfamilies are economically disadvantaged in some countries, in the new issue of “Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand.” more

October 28, 2011

Lifestyle and Demography - New Issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand"


Read about aging and the climate, shortfalls in life expectancy and the fertility effect of siblings in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand". more


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