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Maximum lifespan may increase to 125 years

The oldest person ever was the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. Researchers at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and the University of Groningen (UG) claim that her record will be broken this century. The results of their research are published in Nature.

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NIDI is the national demographic institute of the Netherlands. With its leading scientific research of population issues the mission of NIDI is to contribute to the solution of societal challenges. Characteristic of NIDI is the inter­disciplinary and inter­national approach, and fostering of young research talent. NIDI is a research institute of the Royal Nether­lands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is affiliated with the University of Groningen (RUG).



Websites affiliated with NIDI:

DEMOS - bulletin over bevolking en samenleving GGP - Generations and Gender Programme CONOPP - Contexts of Opportunity: Explaining cross-national variation in the links between childhood disadvantage, young adult demographic behaviour and later-life outcomes
Comparative Family Policy Database Population Europe HAPS - Healthy Ageing Population and Society PRC - Population Research Centre EAPS - European Association for Population Studies


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Sleutjes, De Valk & Ooijevaar (2018), The measurement of ethnic segregation in the Netherlands. European Journal of Population.

Hilevych & Rusterholz (2018), 'Two children to make ends meet': the ideal family size, parental responsibilities and costs of children on two sides of the Iron Curtain during the post-war fertility decline. The History of the Family.

Hilevych & Sato (2018), Popular medical discourses on birth control in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In: Children by choice? Changing values, reproduction, and family planning in the 20th century. De Gruyter.

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