Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Later-borns choose less prestigious programmes at university

November 14, 2017

First-borns are more likely to study more prestigious subjects at university such as medicine and engineering and can thus expect greater earnings than later-borns, who turn to arts, journalism and teaching. [more]


A healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy by up to seven years

July 20, 2017

Maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol at moderatel levels add healthy years to life [more]


Women in East Germany will be more likely to die from smoking than those in West Germany

May 10, 2017

Max Planck researcher criticizes insufficient anti-smoking policies [more]


No spoilers! Most people don’t want to know their future

February 23, 2017

Learning what the future holds, good or bad, not appealing to most, study says [more]


The great unknown: risk-taking behaviour in adolescents

January 18, 2017

Teenagers are driven to seek new experiences [more]

Research publications 2016

Less children per man than per woman

December 20, 2016

Birthrates for men in Germany made available for the first time. [more]


Individual lifespans are becoming more similar

November 21, 2016

Scientists discover a novel regularity for vastly different human societies and epochs [more]


Life expectancy: trends among the highly educated show the way

October 19, 2016

Higher education levels can reduce mortality especially in older people [more]


Out of Britain

June 24, 2016

UK votes to leave EU after dramatic night divides nation. What demographers have to say about Brexit and why migration research is top of the European agenda [more]


“We don’t know nearly enough about migration”

May 20, 2016

Leading researchers in the field of migration call for better data on migration flows for research and policy-making



Families unmarried

April 21, 2016

Unmarried births are becoming the norm in Western Europe, but their share is falling in Eastern Europe. [more]


Children of older mothers do better

April 11, 2016

The benefits associated with being born in a later year outweigh the biological risks associated with being born to an older mother. [more]

Research publications 2015

Is there a guide to long life?

October 08, 2015

Life expectancy disparities between population groups have been increasing [more]


Culture during childhood shapes family planning

September 24, 2015

Women born in Turkey become mothers earlier and more often after migrating to Germany than women born in Germany to Turkish parents [more]


East-west divide in life expectancy almost overcome

September 22, 2015

Regional economic development increasingly important for length of life [more]


When new parents become unhappy, brothers and sisters become less likely

August 05, 2015

New parents’ drop in subjective well-being helps to explain why many remain with one child, even though they desire two [more]


Drastic changes in regional life expectancy disparities in Germany: in search of the determinants

July 14, 2015

Over the last 100 years, marked changes have occurred in Germany’s regional life expectancy patterns. Research projects at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research look into the determinants of new mortality trends. [more]


Having children later makes parents happy

July 06, 2015

A study shows that delaying family formation is associated with higher satisfaction levels [more]

Research publications 2014

"Life is longer without the Wall"

November 09, 2014

Interview with sociologist Tobias Vogt from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [more]


Three hours of life per euro

October 15, 2014

After the fall of the Berlin Wall: additional euros eastern Germans received in benefits from pensions and public health insurance account for higher life expectancy [more]

A longer life thanks to reunification

September 09, 2014

Those over 60 benefit most from a longer life thanks to the fall of the Berlin Wall [more]


High disease load reduces mortality of children

April 16, 2014

Children who have been conceived during a severe epidemic are more resistant against other pathogens later in life. This has been proved by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. [more]

Research publications 2013

Aging out of bounds

December 08, 2013

New demographic data show how diversely different species age – biologists cannot explain why [more]


Stepparents are not always evil

November 12, 2013

Parents’ strategy to love their children depends on more than blood ties [more]


Economic crisis lowers birth rates

July 10, 2013

Rising unemployment rates stop upward trend of fertility in European countries [more]


Are more children born in the countryside than in the city?

April 09, 2013

A long-term study on the regional birth rates in Switzerland, Germany and Austria explores this question [more]


Lifetime fertility on the rise

March 21, 2013

The trend of falling cohort birth rates reverses: Women born in the 1970s will finally have more babies than previous cohorts [more]

Research publications 2012

The evolution of mortality

October 16, 2012

During the last 100 years there has been a far greater drop in human mortality than there was when humans evolved from wild chimpanzees [more]


Demographic miracle in the deserts

October 08, 2012

Some plants in arid regions benefit from climate change [more]


Advanced maternal age not harmful for adult children

September 06, 2012

Previously existing ideas on how advanced maternal age affects adult health of children have to be reconsidered [more]


You are where you e-mail: Global migration trends discovered in email data

June 25, 2012

Worldwide mobility increases - for women more than for men [more]


More and more children have no parents and grandparents

March 28, 2012

AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe are suffering due to the dissolution of the traditional family network [more]

Research publications 2011

Individual CO2 emissions decline in old age

November 07, 2011

Ageing could influence climate change [more]


The Demographics of Inequality

September 22, 2011

India's life expectancy, an important indicator for the development of the country, is weakening. [more]


1.6 Children per Woman

September 05, 2011

For the first time, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research presents corrected birth rates that are considerably higher than the official figures. Researchers also anticipate a reversal in the trend in German childbearing behaviour. [more]


Boys reach sexual maturity younger and younger

August 18, 2011

The phase between being physically but not socially adult is getting longer [more]


Max Planck researchers urge more prominent role for zoos

March 17, 2011

Zoological gardens breed animals from threatened populations and can thus make a greater contribution towards biodiversity conservation [more]


Older parents are happier with more children

March 07, 2011

The satisfaction of young parents decreases with their number of children, while older parents are happier than their childless peers are [more]

Research publications 2010

The quest for the modern day Methuselah

June 04, 2010

A team of researchers tracked down the oldest of the old - people living beyond their 110th birthday [more]


So much life

March 15, 2010

James Vaupel, director at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock often employs quite unconventional methods in his research. And his unique approach certainly pays off, as proven by his success. [more]

Research publications 2006

A New Life-Course for an Aging Society

June 30, 2006

Rostock scientists show that in the face of demographic change work needs to be re-distributed over the ages of life [more]

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