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September 21, 2022

Swedish Pensions: Large Gap in Lifetime Pension due to Lifespan Inequality

The better educated and richer you are the longer you live. The longer you live, the more pension income you receive over your lifetime. For the first time, Jiaxin Shi, a PhD Student at the MPIDR calculated the total differences in lifetime pensions related to education and earnings in Sweden. He found the discrepancy between lifetime pensions between men born in 1925 with nine or less years of education and men with university level education was approximately 3 million SEK (about 375,000 USD). Nearly one quarter of this difference was because those with better education lived longer, with differences in income accounting for most of total pension income. more

September 14, 2022

How Does Delayed Parenthood Impact Gender Inequality in Education and on the Labor Market?

A team led by MPIDR Researcher Jessica Nisén discovered that delayed parenthood exacerbates the educational advantage of women compared to men and attenuates the income advantage of men. The researchers based their analysis on a novel method and high-quality Finnish register data.


August 10, 2022

COVID-19: Release of the COVerAGE-Database Website


The website for the COVerAGE-Database, a global demographic database on COVID-19, was published recently by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. More than 70 researchers from around the world collaborated to collect COVID-19 data from 120 countries, standardize it and making it available online. more

July 20, 2022

COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany: The Mental Health of Young Mothers Suffers

Daycare centers and schools closed, little support for childcare outside the home, and frequent remote work from home: this situation during the first COVID-19 wave in the spring of 2020 led to a significant increase in stress and exhaustion in Germany, especially among mothers of young children living in partnerships. These are the findings of a new study by MPIDR Researchers Nicole Hiekel and Mine Kühn. more

July 19, 2022

COVID-19 Lockdowns: How to Use Google Searches to Understand Upsurges in Intimate Partner Violence

MPIDR Researcher Ebru Şanlıtürk and colleagues demonstrate in their recent study published in the European Journal of Population that Google Trends data are an effective tool to predict calls to domestic violence helplines and emergency numbers during the COVID-19 crisis. more

July 13, 2022

How Education Affects Family Size Hendrickson

Siblings are born less often in couples where at least one parent has a low level of education than in couples where both partners have completed tertiary education. This is the result of a study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. The study is based on a data analysis of 22 European countries. more

June 24, 2022

COVID-19: Tens of Millions Left Bereaved Because of the Pandemic

The pandemic killed millions of people worldwide. The number of bereaved is even higher. Young people more often lost grandparents, and older people were more likely to mourn the loss of siblings. These are the results of a simulation-based study published in PNAS by an international team including MPIDR Researchers and a visiting student from the University of California, Berkeley. more

June 22, 2022

LinkedIn Data Shed Light on the Openness to Migrate Internationally for a Job

In their recent study MPIDR Researcher Daniela Perrotta and co-authors show how a novel LinkedIn dataset can be used to characterize international migration aspirations in Europe. They find that in absolute terms, countries in Northern and Western Europe are the most attractive ones for potential migrants. But in terms of relative attractiveness - quantified by means of a gravity-type model - Southern Europe appears to be more attractive. more

June 13, 2022

Migration of German Scientists: Men Are More Likely to Return to Germany

Last summer, MPIDR Researcher Xinyi Zhao and colleagues published a study analyzing migration flows of scientists moving to and from Germany, using bibliometric data from over eight million scholarly publications from the online publication database Scopus. Their most recent paper, a follow-up study, appeared in the journal Scientometrics and shows that male researchers who had left Germany return to Germany at a higher rate than female researchers of the same academic cohorts and disciplines. more

May 30, 2022

Why is Cardiovascular Mortality Stagnating in the USA?

Cardiovascular-related mortality has been stalling in the USA since about 2010. This is exceptional compared to other high life expectancy countries as it appeared earlier and has been more pronounced. A reason for this development is that mortality for some kinds of cardiovascular diseases has stalled, others even increased. This is what a team including MPIDR Researchers found and published in their recent study, part of a Issue Supplement in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B. more


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