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February 08, 2022

Fertility in the Global South: Large Income Inequality, Large Differences in Timing of Motherhood

High income inequality is associated with large differences in the timing of motherhood. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and colleagues analyzed data from 86 countries in the Global South to examine this association empirically. more

February 03, 2022

Finland: Low Mortality in Prison, High Mortality After Release ahamed

A team of researchers including Riku Laine from the University of Helsinki and MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä analyzed mortality in and out of prison among people who entered substance use treatment in Finland using registry data in a 28-year follow-up. more

January 30, 2022

Testosterone as Men Age

In the second half of life, men with low testosterone levels are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions than men with average levels. Using data from around 5600 men in the UK, an international team of researchers analyzed interplays linked to testosterone levels and how their impact changes over the course of life. more

January 20, 2022

The Relationship Between Migration and Family Formation Depends on Class and Gender

Migrants from Latin American and Caribbean countries do not show one unique pattern of family formation – they depend on class and gender. Migration does not influence family formation of socially and economically privileged persons but it does influence those of disadvantaged individuals. more

January 11, 2022

Fertility in the U.S.: Does Migration Influence the Timing of First Births Across Racial/Ethnic Groups Equally?

Women's place of birth helps to explain racial/ethnic disparities in the timing and quantum of fertility. MPIDR Researcher Andrés Castro and Emilio Parrado, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate how foreign-born mothers are more determinant for Hispanic's fertility patterns than Black's and White's. more

December 01, 2021

Older Siblings Influence Younger Sisters’ STEM Preference

MPIDR Researcher Natalie Nitsche and colleagues show in their recent study that the composition of a sibling group likely influences the decision of younger sisters to pursue a STEM major in college, but not for that of younger brothers. more

November 04, 2021

Covid-19: Life Expectancy Decreased in Most High-Income Countries; Biggest Declines seen in Russia and the US Benito

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mortality in 2020 is now quantified for 37 countries. Last year, life expectancy decreased in 31 of 37 studied countries. A total of about 28 million more years of life were lost than expected. And the years of life lost associated with the Covid-19 pandemic were more than five times higher than those associated with the seasonal influenza epidemic in 2015. more

October 21, 2021

New Study Analyses Interrelations Among Family Characteristics

Andrés Castro, researcher at the MPIDR, and colleagues provide an in-depth description of family configurations in low- and middle-income countries and find correlations that explain trends that have been characterized as paradoxical in previous studies. more

October 05, 2021

Women in Europe Are Less Likely to Have a Mammogram After They Retire

Retirement reduces secondary preventive care use among European women. MPIDR-Researcher Peter Eibich and a colleague suggest that access to healthcare may play a role in explaining their finding. more

September 30, 2021

COVID-19: Period Life Expectancy Drops Significantly due to Pandemic

MPIDR-Researcher Jonas Schöley and an international team of demographers calculated that period life expectancy in European countries and the United States dropped by several months or even years in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Men in the U.S. lost the most, an average of 2.2 years. In Germany, by contrast, period life expectancy for both men and women has fallen by only a few months. more


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