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May 15, 2023 | Systematic Literature Review

Fertility after a Disaster - Approach to an Unbiased View

Disasters affect whether, when, and how many children people have – a critical dimension of human behavior that is among the most intimate decisions people make in their lives. A current Systematic Literature Review examines how fertility changes after such drastic events. What is special about this review is that the researchers have tried to reduce risk of various biases during literature review. more

May 11, 2023

Birth Numbers on a Rollercoaster during Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic sent birth trends in wealthier countries on a roller coaster ride. While birth rates fell in most of the countries studied as a result of the pandemic outbreak, there was even a small baby boom in some countries later. more

May 10, 2023 | Goodbye

Farewell Vladimir Shkolnikov


At the beginning of May we said goodbye to our colleague Vladimir Shkolnikov. He went into his well deserved pension. Vladimir was part of our institute for 23 years. more

May 05, 2023 | Congratulations

Julian Schmied Obtained His Doctorate


Julian Schmied from the Research Group: Labor Demography successfully defended his doctoral thesis on “The Economic Costs Of Life-Course Transitions” at FU Berlin. more

May 04, 2023 | Congratulations

Julia Hellstrand Obtained Her Doctorate


Julia Hellstrand successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Drivers and future of the fertility decline in the 2010s - an analysis of Finland and other Nordic countries” at the University of Helsinki on Saturday, April 29. more

April 27, 2023 | New Database

Scholarly Migration Database: Quantifying the Mobility of Scholars


MPIDR Researchers introduced a brand-new migration database at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) in New Orleans with support of the IUSSP panel on digital and computational demography. They celebrated the inauguration with eight invited lightning talks by researchers who have already successfully used the new database for studies published in journals such as PNAS, epj Data Science, and Scientometrics. more

April 26, 2023 | Interview

International Comparison: Life Expectancy in Germany is Underwhelming

In their recent paper published in the “European Journal of Epidemiology” MPIDR Researchers Domantas Jasilionis and Alyson van Raalte and Pavel Grigoriev and Sebastian Klüsener from the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) have a closer look on the development of life expectancy in Germany. In this interview Domantas and Alyson explain their findings. more

April 19, 2023 | Welcome to the MPIDR

Bettina Hünteler is a new Research Scientist at the Research Group: Kinship Inequalities

with courtesy of Bettina Hünteler

Bettina Hünteler has submitted her doctoral thesis in social sciences at the University of Cologne and is particularly interested in intergenerational relationships, the life course and social inequality. At the MPIDR, she plans to spend the next three years researching the interconnectedness between family networks and various indicators of social inequality. In her free time, she enjoys climbing and traveling. more

April 17, 2023 | Congratulations

Shubhankar Sharma Obtained His Doctorate

with courtesy of Shubhankar Sharma

Shubhankar Sharma successfully passed his viva on March, 30th at the University of St. Andrews. His thesis makes substantive and methodological contributions to the study of how socio-political inequities create and perpetuate disparities in later-life cognitive function. more

April 11, 2023 | Timetable

MPIDR at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2023

Several researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) present their work at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, which takes place from April 12-15, 2023. The Institute also has an on-site exhibition booth #207. more


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