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From Migration of Academics to Childbearing and Character Traits — MPIDR PhD Students Work on Diverse Topics

Dear Readers,

Right now, about 30 students are working on their theses at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). Their doctoral degrees will be awarded by various partner universities and their research topics are broad and cover many areas of demography – from migration to fertility to health. 

In this issue of our newsletter we selected some of their work to highlight. On our topics page you can look deeper into what our PhD students have been working on for the past two years.

For example, a paper by Xinyi Zhao and colleagues is the first to offer a global and dynamic view on the migration of academics by gender. She finds that while female researchers were less internationally mobile than men, the gender gap has shrunk considerably over the past 20 years.

Steffen Peters and co-authors demonstrate that personality traits such as agreeableness, conscientiousness, and extraversion affect the probability of having children. And Ben Malinga John and his colleague find that most women in Sub-Saharan Africa re-marry quickly after divorce or widowhood, even though re-marriage rates are declining.

Have fun discovering more of the work.


Publisher: Emilio Zagheni, Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (V.i.S.d.P.)
Editor: Christine Ruhland
Layout: Silvia Leek, Amélie Putzar 

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.