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July 20, 2020

German Counties: People in the South Live Longer than those in the North

People do not reach the same age everywhere in Germany. Roland Rau calculated the average life expectancy for men and women in all 402 German  counties. He discovered that the numbers varied by more than five years and attributed that difference to poverty. more

June 23, 2020

Young, but Chronically Diseased: One Reason why the COVID-19 Pandemic Looks Different in the Global Southé Barretta

Although populations in countries in the Global South are on average younger than in Europe, they might be more vulnerable to severe forms of COVID-19. One reason for this is the higher proportion of people at working age with pre-existing chronic conditions.  more

June 10, 2020

For Better or Worse: Parents Experience More Emotions in Everyday Life, Compared to Non-parents

Parents experience more meaning in life and more happiness than adults without minor children. But only as long as they spend time with their children. MPIDR researcher Daniela Negraia found that when at the workplace there are no differences in emotional states. more

June 04, 2020

New Covid-19 Data Online: Weekly Death Counts for 15 Countries

Weekly death counts can be used to calculate how many more people are currently dying during the Covid-19 pandemic than would be expected according to trends in recent years. more

June 04, 2020

How Many People Actually Have Covid-19?

The demographic scaling model developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research makes it possible to estimate the actual number of Covid-19-infections in different countries with just a minimum of data. more

June 04, 2020

Health Behavior during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Online Survey Provides Rapid Insights

Compared to other European countries and the USA, Germans adopted social distancing even before it was encouraged by the authorities. In all eight countries surveyed, women adopted preventive behaviors more than men. more

May 15, 2020

Finnish Women Have Fewer Children and Have Them Later in Life Karavanov

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

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

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

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. 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.