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March 25, 2020

Gender and social equality does not always lead to equal health for men and women

In equitable societies, women and men assess their health in a similar way - but not in Cuba. MPIDR researcher Mine Kühn confirms this in her latest publication. more

March 17, 2020

Life expectancy crisis in the USA: The opioid crisis is not the decisive factor

Life expectancy in the USA is no longer rising. This stagnation has long been largely attributed to increasing numbers of drug deaths due to the opioid crisis. But Mikko Myrskylä and colleagues have now shown that deaths due to cardiovascular diseases are in fact having a much larger impact on life expectancy. more

March 12, 2020

Pensions in Germany: Living well in old age

How much should working people in Germany save for their retirement? There are a lot of very different recommendations. Christian Dudel and colleagues looked at savings targets for retirement and calculated new ones themselves. They concluded that at least 88 percent of the last net income is necessary to secure the same standard of living. more

March 10, 2020

Education reporting in Brazilian censuses is inaccurate Maneerat

The education reporting in Brazilian censuses is likely to be inaccurate. Marília Nepomuceno and a colleague show evidence that the data on educational attainment is differently misreported by age, sex, and educational level. more

February 25, 2020

Fertility in Germany: Retired grandparents help Images

Parents likely have a second child early, when grandparents retire nearby. However, they do not have more children. more

February 05, 2020

Fertility rates across Europe: Regions grow together

The average number of children per woman in Europe varies from country to country. Nevertheless, many neighboring regions have similar birth rates. For the first time, this was examined for many countries in Europe by Nicholas Campisi and colleagues using small-scale data from Eurostat. more

October 08, 2019

Highest mortality risks for poor and unemployed

For the first time, researchers calculated reliably how mortality in Germany depends on education, income or employment status. According to this, unemployment doubles the risk to die. more

July 03, 2019

In poor countries birth spacing affects infant mortality / ranplett

In low-income countries children's chance of survival depends on the period between their birth and the birth of their sibling. In some cases, increasing the time between births by just one year can reduce the risk of infant mortality by about 50%. more

April 11, 2019

Lower Pension, shorter Life

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Income and social status have an increasing effect on life expectancy in Germany. On average, men with very low retirement pay die five years earlier than those who are much better off, a new MPIDR study shows. more

January 15, 2019

Medically assisted reproduction does not raise risk of preterm birth and low birth weight / rez-art

A new MPIDR study in The Lancet shows that couples can decide about using medically assisted reproduction free from concerns about increasing the health risks to their baby. 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.