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April 29, 2021

COVID-19 in England and Wales: Excess Deaths Could Have Doubled Without Mobility Reductions

Mobility reductions may have prevented more than 94,000 deaths in England and Wales during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020. That is what MPIDR researchers Ugofilippo Basellini, Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, and their colleagues found after linking digital trace data to excess mortality. more

April 27, 2021

Varying COVID-19 Case Fatality Rates

In Italy, around one in seven people suffering from COVID-19 died at the end of June 2020 compared to a good two percent of those infected in South Korea. These differences are largely explained by the age structure of people who had tested positive for COVID-19, but to some degree they also reflect differences in the extent to which the healthcare systems were overburdened. more

April 13, 2021

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Cause of Excess Deaths in the U.S.

The population in the United States suffers from a mortality disadvantage. By comparing death rates in the U.S. with those of the five biggest European countries, demographer Yana Vierboom and a colleague found excess death numbers to be greater than the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2020. more

April 06, 2021

Global Comparison: How Many Mothers Have Lost a Child

The first systematic comparison of 170 countries reveals large global inequalities in the number of mothers who have experienced the death of a child. more

February 18, 2021

Covid-19 Deaths Worldwide: Taken Together, People Under 75 Account for Most of the Years of Life Lost Ragina

To properly assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mortality, it is not enough to only count the number of dead. That's why an international team of researchers evaluated more than 1.2 million deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 81 countries to learn how old the people who died from COVID-19 were, and how much their lives were shortened compared to the average life expectancy. more

February 09, 2021

Does a Lack of a Family Network Put a Strain on Mental Health? Edwards

What role do family networks play in the mental health of people over 60 living as a couple in Germany? MPIDR researcher Peter Eibich and a colleague recently investigated this question. more

February 08, 2021

Visualize COVID-19 Excess Mortality in 38 Countries


How many more people die every week during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to what was originally expected? This and related questions about the excess morality linked to COVID-19 are answered in the Short-Term Mortality Fluctuations (STMF) data series published by the Human Mortality Database (HMD) team. Additionally, it hosts an easily accessible and interactive online visualizing tool. more

January 13, 2021

New Framework Enables Migration Estimation over Varying Time Scales

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Estimating migration over varying time scales is now possible with a new framework that Emilio Zagheni and colleagues introduce in their recent paper in “Demography.” more

December 10, 2020

New Monograph on Supercentenarians: Research on the Frontier of Survival

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More than 20 years of research about the oldest-old is compiled in the recently published open access monograph “Exceptional Lifespans”. In this interview the three editors, James Vaupel, Bernard Jeune and Heiner Maier, discuss longevity records, the limits of aging, and the hurdles of data collection for people over 110 years old. more

November 25, 2020

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years. 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.