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September 22, 2015

From east-west divide to patchwork quilt

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

August 5, 2015

Happiness and second births

New study: Couples who perceive a drop in happiness in the first year after they became parents, have a lower probability of having second children. more

October 15, 2014

Effect of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Three hours of life per euro

Each additional euro eastern Germans received in benefits from pensions and public health insurance after reunification accounted for three additional hours of life expectancy, a new study by MPIDR researcher Tobias Vogt shows. more

July 24, 2014

Non-marital births: Germany┬┤s East-West divide will stay

Births before marriage are common in East Germany, but not so in the West. The historical roots of this divide date back to well before 1945. It will stay for long. more

April 17, 2014

Infectious diseases: Resistance over generations

MPIDR study proves trans-generational defense mechanism in humans: If the environmental disease load at conception is high mortality of the children is reduced during epidemics. more

April 2, 2014

Hotspots of longevity

Mapping the very old: Those who reached an age of 105 years  or more in Germany are concentrated in the north-west and in Berlin. more

December 11, 2013

Daycare more important than culture

New MPIDR study: Low birth rates in Germany do not result from German culture, but rather from too little provision of public child care. more

December 8, 2013

Aging out of bounds

New Nature study: MPIDR researchers publish demographic data that show how diversely different species age across the tree of life. Evolutionary theories can not yet explain why. more

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