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March 04, 2022 | New Publication

How to Use Online Genealogies for Historical Demography

In their recent paper in PNAS, Robert Stelter and Diego Alburez-Gutierrez analyzed the pitfalls and opportunities of using online genealogies to study long-term demographic processes. more

February 25, 2022 | Interview

“The Biggest Change Has Come from the Data Itself”


In this Interview, Alyson van Raalte, Head of the Independent Research Group: Lifespan Inequalities gives an overview on how demographic research on mortality patterns has developed over the past 25 years, identifies two major challenges for the field in the future and explains why she thinks data availability also comes with a price. more

February 21, 2022 | Interview

Why We Should Monitor Disparities in Old-Age Mortality with the Modal Age at Death


Viorela Diaconu and colleagues want to introduce new measures to gauge key demographic issues in aging societies, one of them being the modal age at death. In this interview she talks about the advantages of this measure and her findings after applying it to Finnish register data. more

February 16, 2022 | New Publication

Fertility in Finland: Less Partnering, Less Children, or Both?

A team including MPIDR Researchers investigated changes in the union – first birth dynamics from 2000 through 2018 in Finland. The researchers observed a lower fertility in unions after 2010, a long-term decline in marriage rates and increasing dissolution rates among cohabiting couples. more

February 15, 2022 | Welcome to the MPIDR

Christian Bader Is Our New Facility Technician


Before Christian Bader started his job at the MPIDR in February, he had already worked for a 5-star hotel and a medical technology company. In this interview, he talks about things equally important to both employers, what he is looking forward to in his new job, and what everyone really should do at least once in Rostock. more

February 11, 2022 | Interview with Emma Zai

How Public Measures Can Encourage Men and Women to Split Caregiving More Equally

courtesy of Emma Zai

The United Nations recognizes the role of women and girls in science as agents of change with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Emma Zai, a Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), analyzes what kind of economic implications there are for women if public policy regulates informal caregiving. In this interview she explains her findings, encourages young women to pursue a career in science, and tells us about her own role model. more

February 09, 2022 | Congratulations

Nicholas Campisi Obtained His Doctorate


Nicholas Campisi successfully defended his thesis at St Andrews on Monday. The thesis was accepted without corrections, which is unusual. more

February 04, 2022 | Welcome to the MPIDR

Adarsh Is a New PhD Student in the Laboratory of Population Health


Coming from the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, where he obtained his Masters, Adarsh is a new PhD Student in the Laboratory of Population Health and takes part in the joint St Andrews–Max Planck PhD Studentship. He wants to find out how substance abuse influences mortality trends in high-income countries. more

January 25, 2022 | Call for Papers: Deadline Extension

PDR Special Issue: Pandemic Babies? The Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Fertility and Family Dynamics

In December 2021, a conference hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) brought together more than 100 international researchers to present and discuss recent research on the impact and consequences of the pandemic for family and fertility dynamics. A Population and Development Review Supplement co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the Population Council will be based mainly on this conference. more

January 12, 2022 | New Publication

Low Birth Weight Among IVF Children Not Linked to Infertility Treatments

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Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction are more likely to be born premature and are at greater risk of being born small than naturally conceived babies. However, according to new research by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, the University of Utah and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), the differences in birth weight and prematurity are not due to the treatments themselves, but due to differences in family and health circumstances of the parents. more


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