April 14, 2015 | Defo News

The world after the change


The new issue (Nr. 1/2015) 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 1/2015 issue:

1. Restless retirement
Voluntary work, job or family: The 55-70 year-olds are more active than ever before

The life time we spent in retirement today has increased continuously over the past decades. But what do people do when they have an average almost 20 retirement years to live, being very agile and enjoying good health for part of it? Andreas Mergenthaler has examined the productivity of today’s 55-70 year-olds and compared it older age groups.

2. The world after the change
Productivity, health, and environment: Society could benefit from demographic change

The challenges of an aging society have been described many a times in the past. A study in the journal PLOS ONE now shows by example of Germany that an older and smaller population may well have positive effects: Among other things, people could enjoy more healthy life years, individual productivity could increase, and the environment could benefit, too.

3. No school - no inhabitants?
A study examines the link between school closure and emigration in municipalities

As soon as the last local school has closed, the locality is no longer attractive to families as a place to live in; population aging and emigration thus follows. This is a commonplace often repeated. But a new study shows by example of Saxony that school closures are having little impact on the population of a municipality.

"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.

All past issues are available online on the Newsletter website. On the website you also have the possibility to subscribe to the Newsletter to get informed about the release of the new issues or to receive the printed versions by mail.


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