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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 conducts scientific research on population issues (demography) and disseminates demographic knowledge to stakeholders in academia, policy and society at large. 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


Van Dalen & Henkens (2018), The making and breaking of trust in pension providers. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance.

Van Mol & De Valk (2018), European movers’ language use patterns at home: a case-study of European bi-national families in the Netherlands. European Societies.

Van Dalen & Henkens (2018), Do people really want freedom of choice? Assessing preferences of pension holders. Social Policy & Administration.

Brons & Härkönen (2018), Parental education and family dissolution: A cross-national and cohort comparison. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Willekens, Carey & Li (2018), Interdisciplinary Research on Healthy Aging. Demographic Research.

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