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May 02, 2023

Sweden: High Care Needs During the Last Year of Life are Most Common

Dying is often associated with extensive health and elderly care. A recent study by MPIDR Researcher Marcus Ebeling and colleagues came to this conclusion through a new way of analyzing data from the Swedish registry of the entire population. The researchers suggest that living longer may also mean spending more time dying. more

March 09, 2023

US Health: Women over 50 Spend More Time Without a Partner and Cognitively Impaired than Men Trade

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany and the University of St Andrews in Scotland estimates how long a 50-year old person in the US is going to live without a partner and/or be cognitively impaired. In their paper recently published in “Population Studies” the researchers find disparities of up to 10 years both between men and women and ethnic groups. more

March 03, 2023

US Mortality: New Measure Reveals Large Mortality Inequality

Researchers at the MPIDR and University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a new measure called GAP to assess contemporary mortality inequality in the US across racial-ethnic groups. They find that current estimates based on standard metrics such as life expectancy underestimate racial-ethnic disparities in mortality. more

February 28, 2023

Migration of Academics Worldwide: Women in Science Are Less Mobile but the Gender Gap has Shrunk Lukin

An international team including MPIDR Researchers is the first to offer a global and dynamic view on the migration of academics by gender. The paper recently published in PNAS finds that while female researchers were less internationally mobile than men, the gender gap has shrunk considerably over the past 20 years. more

February 17, 2023

Parents in Germany: What Role does Personality Play in the Decision to Have Children?

Personality traits such as agreeableness, conscientiousness, and extraversion affect the probability of having children. MPIDR doctoral student Steffen Peters demonstrates this in his new study using longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study. more

February 03, 2023

Life in a Violent Country can be Years Shorter and Much Less Predictable – Even for Those Not Involved in Conflict

How long people live is less predictable and life expectancy for young people can be as much as 14 years shorter in violent countries compared to peaceful countries, according to a new study from an international team, including MPIDR Researchers. It reveals a direct link between the uncertainty of living in a violent setting, even for those not directly involved in the violence, and a ‘double burden’ of shorter and less predictable lives. more

January 23, 2023

Most Women in Sub-Saharan Africa Re-marry Quickly after Divorce or Widowhood, Even Though Re-Marriage Rates are Declining

Two researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany analyzed union dissolution in 34 sub-Saharan African countries over the past four decades by applying indirect demographic techniques in a novel way to overcome the lack of data. more

January 19, 2023

Migration of Academics: Economic Development Does Not Necessarily Lead to Brain Drain Chabib alwi

A team of researchers from the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography at the MPIDR produced a database that contains the number of academics per country, and the migration flows and rates from 1996 to 2021. They also analyzed the relationship between emigration and economic development per country. Their findings indicate that the patterns for the migration of academics may be widely different from the population-level ones, not necessarily leading to brain-drain. more

January 17, 2023

Perceived Fairness

The world of a couple changes fundamentally after childbirth. Whether the partners are as satisfied with their relationship then as they were during their childless phase hinges in part on how fair they perceive the division of labor to be. If women consider the work load as stable unfair, their relationship satisfaction drops markedly after the birth of a child. This does not apply to men, however. more

December 15, 2022

USA: Less Educated Spend Less Time in Retirement

MPIDR PhD Student Jiaxin Shi and his co-authors modeled later-life work dynamics in the US using longitudinal survey data to show how much the timespan spent in retirement differs between educational groups. more


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