October 10, 2023 | Defo News

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The new issue (No. 03/2023) 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.

"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 topics of the new issue are:

1. Upswing, Downswing, but no Sustained Decline in Birth Rate 

(Vienna Institute of Demography)

There has been much debate about whether the pandemic led to more or fewer children being conceived. A new analysis shows that the trend was very heterogeneous over the course of the pandemic. One finding surprised researchers*.

2. Insights Into the Last Year of Life 

(Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

Little is known about how people spend the last year of their lives. A new study provides evidence that living longer is associated with a longer dying process and that sudden and unexpected death is the exception.

3. Uncertainty and Family Planning

(Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change)

Some risk factors that may contribute to the development of dementia have already been identified. A new study looks at the role of antibiotic therapy in the development of the disease.

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All past issues are available online on the  newsletter website. On the website, you can also subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of the release of new issues or to receive the printed versions by mail.


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