December 15, 2021 | Defo News

Life expectancy: Abrupt end to steady rise


The new issue (No. 4/2021) 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. Life expectancy: Abrupt end to steady rise
Pandemic year 2020 brings record losses in many countries

(Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

New analyses by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research show the development of life expectancy in Europe, Russia, the USA, and Chile in 2020: Average lifespan declined in 28 of the 30 countries studied, in some cases markedly so. The main cause was the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. No time for Sunday breakfast
How weekend work affects work-family balance

(Federal Institute for Population Research)

Sleeping in, cooking together, handcrafting, playing, or doing excursions: Weekend generally is family time. But quite a few parents also have to work Saturdays and Sundays, making it much more difficult to reconcile work and family life.

3. Not without marriage
Study on living arrangements of ethnic Turks and German late repatriates

(Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change)

A quarter of young adults with no migration background live without a partner outside the parental home, and one seventh live in non-marital cohabitation. But among Turkish immigrants of first and second generation and German late repatriates, these living arrangements are the exception, says a study on age group of 18 to 40.

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