March 26, 2019 | Defo News

Who moved up, who moved down? Careers over the past 80 years


The new issue (No. 1/2019) 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. Social mobility: From shoe shine boy to physician
Changing company many times and lengthy unemployment often signal career decline

(from the Federal Institute for Population Research)

Career tracks are mostly stable, with people less often climbing up the ladder and rarely moving down. This is the result of a comprehensive study by the Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden, Germany. The study evaluated data on occupational biographies between 1932 and 1989. It also examines which population groups and generations are more likely to be affected by career progression or decline and whether occupational biographies have become more unstable.

2. The 1.5 million gap
How to obtain plausible data for the period between population censuses

(from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

The 2011 census has torn a considerable gap in Germany’s population figures. Between this and the preceding censuses, held in the 1980s, numerous errors thus must have crept into the official statistics. A new study shows how plausible population figures can still be determined even for the period between the censuses – with relevant consequences for the development of life expectancy.

3. Measuring the rush hour of life
Women usually have a heavier workload, especially when both partners are employed.

(from the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital)

Earning money, making career and building a home of one’s own: All these activities often accumulate into the same phase of life: the rush hour of life. But what does the rush hour actually look like? How much time do men and women spend at work, with household jobs, looking after their children? The answers are quite different for Austria, Slovenia, and Italy.

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The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.