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The Gap Between Births Intended and Births Achieved
27/10/2014- News
The Gap Between Births Intended and Births Achieved
Using data from the 2004 and 2007 waves of the European Social Survey (ESS), researchers Kristen Harknett and Caroline Sten Hartnett found that for every 100 births intended, about 60 births occur, on average, across 22 countries.

This shortfall in fertility masks substantial heterogeneity between subgroups within the populations surveyed. Motherhood status, age, partnership status, and the strength of fertility intentions moderate the relationship between women's childbearing plans and births measured at the country level.

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Do Same-Sex Marriage Laws have an Effect on Different-Sex Marriage?
20/10/2014- News
Do Same-Sex Marriage Laws have an Effect on Different-Sex Marriage?
It has long been argued that the legalisation of same-sex marriage would have a negative impact on marriage. In a new article, researcher Mircea Trandafir examines how different-sex marriage in the Netherlands was affected by the enactment of two laws.

A 1998 law that provided all couples with an institution almost identical to marriage (a “registered partnership”) and a 2001 law that legalised same-sex marriage for the first time in the world.

The effects of the two laws are heterogeneous, with presumably more-liberal individuals (as defined by their residence or ethnicity) marrying less after passage of both laws and potentially more-conservative individuals marrying more after passage of each law.

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A New Director for the MPIDR: Mikko Myrskylä
16/10/2014- News
A New Director for the MPIDR: Mikko Myrskylä
Mikko Myrskylä is the new director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock. He is heading the institute together with its founding director, James Vaupel. Myrskylä, who holds a PhD in statistics as well as in demography, plans to expand MPIDR research in the fields of mortality and fertility research, and he also plans to start recruiting promising scientists right away.

Back in Rostock

"I am extremely excited to be back in Rostock," says Mikko Myrskylä, who had been working at the MPIDR for several years as head of the Max Planck Research Group "Life Course Dynamics and Demographic Change" before being appointed as a full professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Department of Social Policy.

Expanding Collaborations

The new director is looking forward to continuing and expanding the MPIDR’s collaboration with universities, including with the London School of Economics. And one of Myrskylä’s top priorities is the jointly training of future generations of demographers.

Welcome, Mikko Myrskylä!

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Missing the Bigger Picture
08/10/2014- Pop Digests
Missing the Bigger Picture
More life course research and European comparisons are needed about immigrant and ethnic minority families
Immigrants and their children and grandchildren form a significant part of the population in many European countries. But only over the last decade has research begun to show increasing interest in understanding the patterns of union formation and childbearing behaviour of ethnic minorities.
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