September 26, 2016 | Defo News

Raven mothers and raven fathers

Issue 03/2016 © MPIDR

Unterschiede zwischen gut und wenig Gebildeten nehmen zuThe new issue (Nr. 3/2016) 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 3/2016 issue:


1. Life expectancy: The highly educated show the way 

Differences between the highly and lowly educated are increasing  

The last century has brought us unprecedented increases in life expectancy:  Every year has added about three months  –  on average. Because how many years a person can expect to live depends, inter alia, on the level of education received. The relatively strong increase in life expectancy among the highly educated should stimulate reflection on how other population groups can catch up faster.

2. Raven mothers and raven fathers

Attitudes to working parents vary widely in Europe 

Does a preschooler suffer when mother works? The question was asked of parents in 14 European countries as well as in Australia and Japan. Their answers varied widely. Primarily women and Northern Europeans tended to disagree. But the result looked a little different when it came to the workload of fathers.

3. Having a baby: From desire to realization 

In Germany, a stable relationship is the most decisive factor in the decision to have a child

Owing to modern methods of contraception, unwanted or unplanned pregnancies have become rare. When a couple has a child these days, both partners for most part have made a conscious decision to do so – or have they not? Is the intention to have a baby or not to have a baby followed up by action? A new study provides the answers.

"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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