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May 16, 2022

Demographic Analysis Reveals the Long Shadow of Genocide in Guatemala

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez

What are the long-term consequences of genocide for survivors? A new study by MPIDR researcher Diego Alburez-Gutierrez documents the mortality toll from the Maya Achi genocide in Guatemala and the role that it may play for historical memory. more

May 10, 2022

UK: Testosterone Reduces Risk of Becoming Unemployed Pimpisarn

British men with comparatively high testosterone levels are less likely to become unemployed and have an increased chance to find a new job. That is what the recent study by Peter Eibich, Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock and colleagues finds. The paper was published in “Economics & Human Biology”. more

March 02, 2022

Science of Science: Is Knowledge Produced in the Global North Perceived as More Generalizable?

In their recently published paper in PNAS, MPIDR Researchers Andrés Castro and Diego Alburez-Gutierrez analyze over 560,000 records of English publications drawn from the bibliometric database Scopus. They find that social science papers on countries in the Global North are much less likely to state their geographic focus in the article titles than studies focused on the Global South. more

February 10, 2022

Immigration Patterns Are Reflected in Facebook Data on Popular Foods and Drinks

Researchers have developed a novel strategy for using Facebook data to measure cultural similarity between countries, revealing associations between immigration patterns and people’s food and drink interests. Carolina Coimbra Vieira, and colleagues present these findings in PLOS ONE. more

February 08, 2022

Fertility in the Global South: Large Income Inequality, Large Differences in Timing of Motherhood

High income inequality is associated with large differences in the timing of motherhood. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and colleagues analyzed data from 86 countries in the Global South to examine this association empirically. more

February 03, 2022

Finland: Low Mortality in Prison, High Mortality After Release ahamed

A team of researchers including Riku Laine from the University of Helsinki and MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä analyzed mortality in and out of prison among people who entered substance use treatment in Finland using registry data in a 28-year follow-up. more

January 30, 2022

Testosterone as Men Age

In the second half of life, men with low testosterone levels are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions than men with average levels. Using data from around 5600 men in the UK, an international team of researchers analyzed interplays linked to testosterone levels and how their impact changes over the course of life. more

January 20, 2022

The Relationship between Migration and Family Formation Depends on Class and Gender

Migrants from Latin American and Caribbean countries do not show one unique pattern of family formation – they depend on class and gender. Migration does not influence family formation of socially and economically privileged persons but it does influence those of disadvantaged individuals. more

January 11, 2022

Fertility in the U.S.: Does Migration Influence the Timing of First Births Across Racial/Ethnic Groups Equally?

Women's place of birth helps to explain racial/ethnic disparities in the timing and quantum of fertility. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and Emilio Parrado, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate how foreign-born mothers are more determinant for Hispanic's fertility patterns than Black's and White's. more

December 01, 2021

Older Siblings Influence Younger Sisters’ STEM Preference

MPIDR Researcher Natalie Nitsche and colleagues show in their recent study that the composition of a sibling group likely influences the decision of younger sisters to pursue a STEM major in college, but not for that of younger brothers. more


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