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May 15, 2020

Finnish women have fewer children and have them later in life

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In most Nordic countries the number of children per woman has been falling for several years. This trend is particularly strong in Finland. Julia Hellstrand and Mikko Myrskylä investigated what is causing this change there. more

May 01, 2020

More similar than expected: men and women adjust their health behavior after shock events

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Men go to the doctor less often than women. However, after experiencing a stay in hospital, the behavior of men and women becomes more similar. For the first time, MPIDR researchers have identified this pattern by evaluating more than 65,000 data records from Danish health registries. more

April 23, 2020

The gender cliff: Why women in a partnership seldom earn more than men

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In many European countries, most women earn no more than half of the household income. This seems to indicate that the belief that the man should bring home the lion’s share of the family income still prevails. However, a new study by research scientist Andre Grow shows that there may be other reasons why a man generally earns more than his partner. more

April 14, 2020

Demographic Research about the Corona Pandemic: This is what scientists at MPIDR are investigating

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In short statements, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) explain the issues they are currently investigating in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic. +++Latest Update May, 22 +++ more

March 25, 2020

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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.