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February 21, 2024 | Spotlight

Widening Fertility Differences Between Women Within Different Fields of Education

The birth rate in the Nordic countries has been falling steadily since 2010. Previous studies showed that the decline in first births among childless couples is the main driver of this trend and that this first birth decline was somewhat elevated among those with low levels of education and precarious employment. A team of researchers from the University of Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the University of Turku has now investigated the extent to which the decline in fertility in Finland varies according to education field. more

February 16, 2024 | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Susanne Otto!


We are happy to welcome Susanne Otto to the team in the Department Social Demography.  Susanne will be the responsible secretary for the Biosfer and MaxHel projects and support the researchers.  more

February 12, 2024 | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Saroja Adhikari!


The Research Group Kinship Inequalities welcomes Saroja Adhikari as a new member. Prior to joining us, Saroja was a researcher in the Population and Just Societies Programme at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA). She worked primarily on global, national and sub-national population projections using multidimensional population modelling, cultural acceptability of sustainable human well-being, and educational differences in fertility intention and behaviour, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. more

January 29, 2024

Congratulations Julia Leesch


Julia Leesch successfully defended her doctoral thesis on "Trends in Educational Homogamy and Heterogamy – Analyzing the Roles of Assortative Mating and Structural Opportunities using a Novel Decomposition Method" at Trinity College Dublin in early January. more

January 23, 2024 | Award

“As researchers we have to reach out to the public”

Peter Weissenburger

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez wins the European Demographer Award – a special honor for the scientist who leads the Research Group Kinship Inequalities at the Max-Planck-Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). In an exclusive interview, Diego talks about what drives his research, what we can learn about violence and war, and what families will look like in the future. more

January 19, 2024 | Awards

Two Awards for Xinyi Zhao


Xinyi Zhao won two awards in December: the Jan M. Hoem Paper Award and the Best Poster Award at the fifth IMPRS-PHDS Annual Academy. more

January 16, 2024 | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Mariia Vasiakina!


The Research Group Labor Demography is happy to welcome Mariia Vasiakina as a new team member. Mariia attained her PhD from the University of Insubria (Italy). Her major is related to the methods and models for economic decisions. Mariia’s research interests overlap the areas of health and labour economics along with various sociological and demographic topics. Mariia is award holder of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship Program funded by the European Commission. more

January 11, 2024 | DeFo-Article

Unequal Distribution

Here is your chance to read our article from the newsletter "Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand" ("Demographic Research First Hand") in English. 

Working life in Germany is getting longer – but not equally so for all population groups: Current pension and labor market policies aim to keep people in work for longer. But not everyone benefits equally from these regulations. more

December 15, 2023 | News

Season´s Greetings 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) has had a year full of memories, new opportunities and new beginnings, as well as tried and tested constants. more

December 07, 2023 | Award

Young Researcher Award for Emma Zai


Emma Zai from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research received the AIES Young Researcher Award together with Yinan Liu (Renmin University of China) at the 28th AIES Annual Conference in Rome. more


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