October 09, 2018 | Defo News

Children, Job and Pension: How and With Whom We Spend Our Time


The new issue (No. 3/2018) 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. How long is a working life?
The economic crisis caused working life expectancy in Spain to shrink considerably

(from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

In times of demographic change, raising the retirement age is often discussed. But the length of our working lives depends to a large extent on how continuously we work. In Spain, for example, working life expectancy declined sharply during the economic crisis, as a study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research shows.

2. The right to custody
Separated fathers who have custody see their children more often

(from the Research Center for the Study of Demographic Change)

When parents split up, the children usually live in the household of the mother. Whether and how the father maintains contact with his children greatly depends on whether he has custody, as well as on his educational level, his employment status, and his lifestyle, a new study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research shows.

3. The third phase
Taking care of grandchildren or continuing to work? A study looks at the activity patterns of pensioners

(from the Federal Institute for Population Research)

A person who reaches retirement age has many decisions to make: Do I want to continue to work, look after my grandchildren or ailing family members, volunteer, or simply enjoy the extra time I have for myself? A new study by the Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden investigates the activity patterns of 60- to 70-year-olds.

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