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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

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


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