June 26, 2024 | Defo News


The new issue (No. 02/2024) 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. New Calculation: Sharp Drop in Births in Times of Crisis 

Bundesinstituts für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB)

Following the coronavirus pandemic, the birth rate in Germany has fallen to its lowest level since 2009. The situation is similar in Sweden, which was considered a model country when it came to reconciling work and family life. Since the end of the pandemic, fewer women have decided to have children.

2. Happy and Healthy Family Structure

Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung (MPIDR)

Our well-being also depends on the family constellations in which we live. The position in the generational structure is particularly important, according to a new study.

Climate change is bringing extreme weather events that challenge agriculture. Some regions of the world are more affected than others, with deadly consequences for the population. 

3. The Right Time to Have Children

Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital

The decision to have children is a personal and individual matter. But it is also linked to social norms. These norms influence what we consider to be the right age for having a first child.

The newsletter is released four times a year and is available electronically and as a printed version and is free of charge.

It's definitely worth taking a look at the newsletter website - the editors have relaunched the site. The site now has many new features such as full-text search in all issues, all articles are tagged with keywords and all graphics are
can be accessed individually.


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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.