September 27, 2022 | Defo News

Middle Generations Particularly Burdened by Pandemic


The new issue (No. 3/2022) 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. Middle generations particularly burdened by pandemic
Compensation for wage losses can distribute burdens more equitably

(Vienna Institute of Demography)

The impact of the pandemic on wages, social spending and public debt has already been studied, but this has often been based on the assumption that all generations are equally burdened. In reality, however, it is mainly the 25-64 year-olds who have suffered financial losses.

2. Declining birth rate in Northern Europe
Fertility declined especially among younger women and in more rural areas

(Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

After long being among the highest in Europe, birth rates in Scandinavia have unexpectedly declined sharply since 2010, falling to an all-time low in Finland, for example. A current study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is investigating the extent to which there are regional differences in fertility.

3. Dementia or cancer?
In the future, which diseases will be most common at the end of life?

(Rostocker Zentrum zur Erforschung des Demografischen Wandels)

In Germany, dementia is the most common disease among women over 70 at the time of death, while among men it is only in fifth place. A new study is investigating whether dementia in old age will become even more common in the future or whether other diseases will overtake dementia’s place.

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