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October 17, 2019 | New Publication

Life expectancy of parents

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Does having children make us live longer? The numbers say yes, but the reasons are not yet understood. There somehow seems to be a link between people’s life expectancy and the number of children they have. more

October 16, 2019 | Suessmilch Lecture

His and her earnings following parenthood


On October 22nd, 2019, Kelly Musick from Cornell University, will give a lecture on couples’ earnings following first child birth in the US, the UK and Germany and resulting gender equality. more

October 15, 2019 | Succesful Workshop

Gender Gaps in Health


Can science reduce gender inequalities in health? This is one of the many questions that was posed at the MPIDR-conference “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Gender Gaps in Health and Mortality” in Italy in early October. more

October 04, 2019

Doctorate received

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On October 2, 2019 Karen van Hedel successfully defended her doctoral thesis at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. more

September 30, 2019 | Interview

How united is Germany?

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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) are using various approaches to investigate how demography has developed in East and West Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This interview gathers their quotes. more

September 30, 2019 | Dossier

30 Years Fall of the Wall


The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. Life in East and West Germany has now converged in many areas, but differences remain. In this dossier we have put together the East-West issue addressed by researchers at the MPIDR. more

September 24, 2019 | Rostock Open Science Workshop

Rostock Open Science Workshop


The Rostock Open Science Workshop will introduce demographic researchers to the tools and practices of open science. The Workshop will be held in Rostock on October 10th and 11th, 2019. more

September 18, 2019 | New Publication

Tracing migration with Facebook data


It is impossible to provide timely estimates of migration flows after natural disasters by only using traditional data. Facebook offers new opportunities as a complementary source of information. more

September 04, 2019 | Research funding

ERC Grant for Pavel Grigoriev


Pavel Grigoriev receives a 1.42 million Euro grant from the European Research Council to conduct the project “Regional disparities in cause-specific mortality in Europe: the role of local context and national health policies” (REDIM). more

August 29, 2019 | Sabbatical Award

Max Planck Sabbatical Award

Emily Smith-Greenaway

Does experiencing a death in the family influence young people’s behaviors, perceptions and well-being in a way that contributes to social inequality? Emily Smith-Greenaway wants to answer this question. She is funded by a Max Planck Sabbatical Award. more

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.