News & Press Releases

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

November 12, 2013

Stepparents are not always evil

Parents’ strategy to love their children depends on more than blood ties, finds a new MPIDR study by Kai Willführ. more

July 10, 2013

Economic crisis lowers birth rates

New MPIDR study: Rising unemployment rates stop upward trend of fertility in European countries more

March 21, 2013

Lifetime fertility on the rise

New MPIDR projections: In many developed countries the trend of falling cohort birth rates reverses. Women born in the 1970s will have more babies than previous cohorts. more

March 4, 2013

End of world population growth is improbable

The global population may not stabilize at a level of 10 billion, as projections by the United Nations suggest. more

November 15, 2012

Nonmarital Births on the Rise

MPIDR researchers provide for the first time data on regional variation in the rise of non-marital fertility across 497 European regions. The analysis covers the last 50 years. more

October 16, 2012

The evolution of mortality

During the last 100 years there has been a far greater drop in human mortality than there was when humans evolved from wild chimpanzees. Scientists at the MPIDR have now published striking evidence of how unusual this recent reduction is. more

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