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May 13, 2022 | Interview

How to Calculate Excess Mortality to Better Estimate the Impact of the Pandemic


Excess mortality is an often-used measure to estimate the mortality burden due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Marília Nepomuceno, Dmitri Jdanov and colleagues looked at factors that affect this measure. In this interview they explain why excess mortality rates vary substantially when changing data and methods and recommend ways to better calculate excess mortality. more

May 13, 2022 | COVID-19 Blog

Researching the Demographic Consequences of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been dominating our lives for about two years now. Science has done an extraordinary job during this time at unravelling mysteries and unlocking solutions. In like manner, researchers at MPIDR are investigating demographic issues in connection to the novel coronavirus. more

May 11, 2022 | Workshop

Migration and Mobility Research in the Digital Era (MIMODE 2022)

The recent availability of massive amounts of digital data have revolutionized research on migration and mobility. That is why this event brings together researchers to present and discuss the use of innovative digital data sources, new methodologies and empirical findings.  more

May 11, 2022 | Interview

“No single metric is a panacea”


Jiaxin Shi, PhD Student in the Research Group: Lifespan Inequalities and colleagues suggest to use the stratification index to analyze mortality inequalities between groups. In the interview he explains why this metric offers a new perspective and what he found when applying it to Finnish register data. more

April 28, 2022 | Congratulations

Lydia Palumbo Obtained Her Doctorate


Lydia Palumbo successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Southampton on April, 13th. The thesis was accepted without corrections, which is unusual. more

April 04, 2022

New Research Group on Kinship Inequalities

A new independent Max Planck Research Group led by Diego Alburez-Gutierrez will be launched in May. The group will study how differences in kinship among persons and groups determine individual outcomes and structure human societies. more

April 04, 2022

New Research Group on Gender Inequalities and Fertility

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) will launch a new independent Max Planck Research Group in June, focusing on explanations why family life events such as union formation, separation, parenthood and family extension play out differently for women and men. The group is led by Nicole Hiekel. more

April 01, 2022 | Timetable

MPIDR at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2022


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 in an hybrid manner from April 6-9, 2022. The Institute also has an on-site exhibition booth and a virtual presence. more

March 28, 2022 | Obituary

Founding Director James W. Vaupel Passed Away


We are saddened to announce that the Institute’s founding director and director emeritus, Prof. Dr. James W. Vaupel, passed away yesterday, after a brief period of critical illness. more

March 11, 2022 | Opinion Piece

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Its Public Health Consequences

Dmitri Jdanov, Head of the Laboratory of Demographic Data at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, David A. Leon, Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and nine colleagues wrote a letter to the editor in “Lancet Regional Health – Europe” to comment on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ist public health consequences. more


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