June 29, 2021 | Defo News

Late births increase faster among women than men


The new issue (No. 2/2021) 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. Inequality restrained
Closed occupations halt the growing wage gap

(from Federal Institute for Population Research)

In Germany, as in many other industrialized countries, wage inequality has risen in recent decades. Occupational characteristics such as admission requirements tend to increase inequality elsewhere. But in Germany, the opposite seems to be true.

2. Life expectancy: Steady increase since 1750
Study on the life span of scholars reveals effects of wars and disease

(from Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

At the end of the Middle Ages already, scholars in the Holy Roman Empire could expect to live for around 60 years. But their life expectancy did not increase further until into the 18th century. On the contrary, the Thirty Years' War brought a severe mortality crisis.

3. Beyond age 40
Late births increase faster among women than men

(from Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital)

That many women are still having children beyond their 40s is considered a very recent phenomenon. But in fact, more children were born to women over 40 in the 1950s than today, says a new study on late and very late fertility in industrialized countries.

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