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July 20, 2017

A healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy by up to seven years

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People with good health behaviors can expect to live seven years longer than the general population, and to spend most of these extra years in good health. more

June 01, 2017

Mother´s age doesn´t matter

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New MPIDR study: A mother's advanced age at childbirth is not the reason for the elevated risks of low birth weight or preterm birth, but may instead be related to individual circumstances and behavioral patterns of the mother. more

May 10, 2017

Women in East Germany forecasted to be more likely to die from smoking than in West Germany

New MPIDR study: Due to a silent but dramatic increase in young East German women smoking after reunification their death rates are forecasted to exceed those in the West within the next few decades. more

December 20, 2016

Less children per man than per woman

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A new MPIDR study makes birthrates for men in Germany available for the first time. Men on average have less children then women and have them later in life. Differences are strongest in eastern Germany, where men set a new world record for low fertility. more

November 22, 2016

Individual lifespans are becoming more similar

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New PNAS study: The higher the life expectancy in a society, the smaller the difference between the ages at which people will die. Scientists discover a novel regularity for vastly different human societies and epochs. more

May 20, 2016

“We don’t know nearly enough about migration"

In an article that appeared today in the scientific journal Science, leading researchers in the field of migration call for better data on migration flows for research and policy-making. more

April 11, 2016

Children of older mothers do better

David Dieschburg /

Children of older mothers are healthier, taller and obtain more education than the children of younger mothers. The reason is that in industrialized countries educational opportunities are increasing, and people are getting healthier by the year. In other words, it pays off to be born later. more

December 08, 2015

Forever young

Photo: MPIDR

Senescence, the decay of a living body with age, is not inevitable for all species, as a long-term experiment with the freshwater polyp Hydra proves. more

September 24, 2015

Culture during childhood shapes family planning

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New study on migration and fertility: Women born in Turkey become mothers earlier and more often after migrating to Germany than women born in Germany to Turkish parents.

September 22, 2015

From east-west divide to patchwork quilt

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The east-west divide in the life expectancy of German women is being replaced by a patchwork quilt, as a new MPIDR analysis opf regional trends shows. The Ruhr region and Saarland are falling behind. Economic development is an increasingly important factor. 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.