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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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Population Europe Event - The Stranger Among Us. Immigration Policies and Social Cohesion in Europe
30/10/2014- Events
Population Europe Event - The Stranger Among Us. Immigration Policies and Social Cohesion in Europe
For the first time since the Second World War, the number of refugees has exceeded the 50 million mark worldwide. Many of them are trying to enter through EU-borders on a daily basis. How to control borders on a European level and how to manage migration flows has turned into a big discussion and a challenge for European immigration policies, not to mention the debate surrounding the role of human rights. All those topics will be discussed with eminent demographic researchers and experts from the Population Europe network at the conference "The Stranger among us. Immigration Policies and Social Cohesion in Europe”, held in Rome, on 30 October 2014. the conference is organised in cooperation with Sapienza University of Rome and Neodemos under the patronage of the Senate of the Republic of Italy.
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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