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Geburtenknick oder Baby-Boom? The COVID-19 pandemic and birth trends

Nov 02 2021

Geburtenknick oder Baby-Boom? Die COVID-19-Pandemie und die Geburtenentwicklung

Original Post in German

The Federal Statistical Office and the Federal Institute for Population Research at the i-Punkt Berlin location invite you to the Berlin Demography Talk on 02.11.2021 from 12:00 to 13:00. The topic is "Geburtenknick oder Baby-Boom? The Covid 19 pandemic and birth trends in Germany and in international comparison."

In March this year, a 6 per cent increase in births in Germany caused a sensation, yet in many other countries, especially Southern Europe and the USA, birth rates declined noticeably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the first pandemic year thus in line with the birth trend of the 21st century in Germany or does it run counter to it? Why is there a marked drop in the other countries? And what impact does the unrealised desire to have children have on couples?

Two experts - statistician Olga Pötzsch (Federal Statistical Office) and social scientist PD Dr. Martin Bujard from BiB - present current findings and discuss the possible effects of further COVID-19 waves on birth trends. The data on births are available for Germany up to and including July 2021.

The online discussion event is aimed at interested parties from politics and administration (authorities, associations, members of parliament, etc.). It is part of the joint series "Berlin Demography Talks".

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The event will take place from 12:00 to 13:00 as a Webex conference. You will receive the access data shortly before the event.

Federal Institute for Population Research