July 09, 2013 | Defo News

Longer life thanks to fall of wall

The current issue and all past issues can be found at www.demografische-forschung.org © MPIDR

The new issue (Nr. 2/2013) 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.)

1. Education as a measure of natural disaster protection
The higher the education level, the fewer deaths from climate disasters

In many regions of the world, climate change will lead to an increase in natural disasters. It is no longer enough to battle the sources of these developments; we additionally need to adapt to the changes to come. A high level of education of the population is a very effective measure of protection against natural disasters, so researchers of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital  show.

2. Longer life thanks to fall of wall
Eastern German men gain almost six years in life thanks to unification

Would Germany not have been unified, Eastern German women today were to die on average 4 and men even 5,7 years earlier. This is the result of a study conducted at the University of Rostock and modeling today’s life expectancy, based on the assumption that the German Democratic Republic of the 70s and 80s of the last century continued today.

3. Higher life expectancy in eastern Germany for the first time
Middle-aged Western German women smoke more and die earlier

In 1989, there were still clear differences in life-expectancy: People living in West Germany on average had a life expectancy higher by two years. The last decades, however, saw Eastern Germans rapidly catching up, with women aged 50-64 even having a lower mortality than their Western German peers – for the first time ever.

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

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