Dr. Christian Dudel

Welcome to my webpage. I am deputy head of the Research Group Labor Demography and a researcher at the Lab of Population Health at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and a fellow of the Federal Institute for Population Research. My research interests cover sociology, demography, and research methods. My work has been published in leading journals such as Sociological Methods & Research, Demography, Social Science Research, the International Journal of Epidemiology, and many others. I have appeared on national and international media, including the Economist, Forbes Magazine, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Methods and data sets I developed have been used by the German Federal Statistical Office, the World Health Organization, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, and the German Ministry of the Interior. Teaching is a very important part of my work, and I have taught more than 40 courses at five institutions. I am passionate about open science, and you can find the code and data for many of my papers online.


Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, New Orleans, April 2023.

XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, June 2023.

IHK Rostock, Ausschuss Maritime Wirtschaft, September 2023. 

(For a complete list of previous talks and events see here.)


Shi, J., Dudel, C., Monden, C., van Raalte, A. (2022): Inequalities in retirement lifespan in the United States. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: forthcoming. [Open access article] [Preprint] [Code]

Dudel, C., Schneider, D. (2021): How bad could it be? Worst-case bounds on bias in multistate models due to unobserved transitions. Sociological Methods & Research. [Open access article] [Code]

Riffe, T., Acosta, E., Dudel, C., COVerAGE-DB Project Team (2021): COVerAGE-DB: a database of age-structured COVID-19 cases and deaths. International Journal of Epidemiology 50: 390-390f. [Open access article] [Preprint] [Data & code]

Dudel, C. (2021): Expanding the Markov chain tool box: distributions of occupation times and waiting times. Sociological Methods & Research 50: 401-428. [Article] [Code] [Preprint]

Bohk-Ewald, C., Dudel, C., Myrskylä, M. (2020): A demographic scaling model for estimating the total number of COVID-19 infections. International Journal of Epidemiology 49: 1963-1971. [Open access article] [Code]

Dudel, C., Myrskylä, M. (2020): Cohort trends in working life expectancies at age 50 in the United States: a register-based study using Social Security Administration data. Journals of Gerontology, Series B 75: 1504–1514. [Open access article] [Code]

Lorenti, A., Dudel, C., Hale, J., Myrskylä, M. (2020): Working and disability expectancies at older ages: the role of childhood circumstances and education. Social Science Research 91: 102447. [Open access article] [Code]

Dudel, C., Myrskylä, M. (2017): Working life expectancy at age 50 in the U.S. and the impact of the Great Recession. Demography 54: 2101-2121. [Open access article] [Data] [Code]

(For a complete list of my publications see here.)