October 07, 2014 | Defo News

No children without work

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The new issue (Nr. 3/2014) 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.)

Topics of the 3/2014 issue:

1. No children without work?
Unemployed men and well-educated women take time with family formation
Studies to date found little or no evidence that unemployment has an effect on family planning. A study by a German-Swedish duo of researchers, Michaela Kreyenfeld and Gunnar Andersson, however, has now shown that the decision for or against having children strongly depended on the sex, age, and educational level of the unemployed subjects they studied.

2. Retire later, live longer
Men who stop working at the early age of 60 have their life expectancy reduced significantly
In most countries, not all people who work do so up to the statutory retirement age. In Germany, for example, men and women retire on average when they reach age 61. A German duo of researchers has now looked at the extent to which this trend exerts pressure on pension funds, a study done for the first time ever. Their surprising conclusion: The burden is lower than expected.

3. Higher earnings for commuters
Frequent moves or long journeys to work are no guarantee for a successful career
Many people who want to climb up the career ladder assume that they must remain geographically mobile. But what about those who rarely change jobs? Are they less successful in their career? A German-Scottish team of researchers looked at this question and came up with some unexpected results.

"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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