April 11, 2016 | Defo News

Back to Work


The new issue (Nr. 1/2016) 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.)

Topics of the 1/2016 issue:

1. The costs of mobility

Long commutes to work are more stressful than frequent stays overnight out of town. 

Commuting to work for more than an hour has significantly more mental and physical drawbacks than staying out overnight for work for a total of at least 60 days. Women and parents in particular feel stressed and have their health impaired according to a study conducted by the Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden.

2. Families unmarried

Unmarried births are becoming normal in Western Europe, but their share is falling in Eastern Europe.

The Golden Age of Marriage had clear norms: In the 1950s and 1960s, people were expected to marry before having a child. But in many countries of today, more than half of the births are out of wedlock. A new MPIDR study looks at this development spanning from 1910 to today.

3. Back to Work

Whether in France or Hungary, well-educated mothers in most cases are returning to the labor market faster and more often so. 

After childbirth, highly-educated mothers often are back at work earlier and do more hours. But the strength of this so-called “education effect” varies between countries and across family situations, so a new study by the Vienne Institute of Demography shows.

"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), the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). The newsletter is released four times a year and is available electronically and as a printed version and is free of charge.

All past issues are available online on the Newsletter website. On the website you also have the possibility to subscribe to the Newsletter to get informed about the release of the new issues or to receive the printed versions by mail.




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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.