Myrskylä, Mikko

Professor Mikko Myrskylä  


Position held

Department of Social Policy

Professor of Demography

Experience keywords:

fertility trends; demographic forecasting; population health

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My research interests include population health, low and late fertility, and demographic forecasting. I chair the IUSSP research panel Pathways to Health that focuses on the mechanism through which adverse early life conditions influence old-age health and I have an ERC starting grant to study the consequences of fertility postponement on offspring outcomes such as cognitive ability, health, and mortality. I also work on fertility forecasting and the effects of children on parental happiness.

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Nisen, Jessica and Silventoinen, Karri and Myrskylä, Mikko and Martikainen, Pekka (2014) The effect of family background on the educational gradient in lifetime fertility among Finnish women Population Studies. ISSN 0032-4728

Willführ, Kai P. and Myrskylä, Mikko (2014) Disease load at conception predicts survival in later epidemics in a historical French-Canadian cohort, suggesting functional trans-generational effects in humans PLoS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203

Schmertman, Carl and Zagheni, Emilio and Goldstein, Joshua R and Myrskylä, Mikko (2014) Fertility forecasting: using Bayesian methods to extrapolate trends while preserving cohort features Journal of the American Statistical Association. ISSN 0162-1459

Martikainen, Pekka and Peltonen, Riina and Mäkelä, Pia and Myrskylä, Mikko (2014) The changing contribution of harmful consumption of alcohol and smoking to income differences in life expectancy: a population-based follow-up study in Finland from 1988 to 2007 Epidemiology. ISSN 1044-3983

Torre, Roberta and Myrskylä, Mikko (2014) Income inequality and population health: an analysis of panel data for 21 developed countries, 1975–2006 Population Studies, 68 (1). 1-13. ISSN 0032-4728

van Raalte, Alyson and Martikainen, Pekka and Myrskylä, Mikko (2014) Lifespan variation by occupational class: compression or stagnation over time Demography, 51 (1). 73-95. ISSN 1533-7790

Myrskylä, Mikko and Margolis, Rachel (2014) Happiness: before and after the kids Demography. ISSN 0070-3370


Myrskylä, Mikko and Goldstein, Joshua R. (2013) Probabilistic forecasting using stochastic diffusion models, with applications to cohort processes of marriage and fertility Demography, 50 (1). 237-260. ISSN 0070-3370

Myrskylä, Mikko (2013) Commentary: maternal education accentuates girls' mortality advantage over boys' International Journal of Epidemiology, 42 (1). 219-220. ISSN 0300-5771

Myrskylä, Mikko and Goldstein, Joshua R. and Cheng, Yen-hsin Alice (2013) New cohort fertility forecasts for the developed world: rises, falls, and reversals Population and Development Review, 39 (1). 31-56. ISSN 0098-7921

Myrskylä, Mikko and Mehta, Neil K and Chang, Virginia W. (2013) Early life exposure to the 1918 influenza pandemic and old-age mortality by cause of death American Journal of Public Health, 103 (7). e83-e90. ISSN 0090-0036

Margolis, Rachel and Myrskylä, Mikko (2013) Family, money, and health: regional differences in the determinants of life satisfaction over the life course Advances in Life Course Research, 18 (2). 115-126. ISSN 10402608

Myrskylä, Mikko and Silventoinen, Karri and Tynelius, Per and Rasmussen, Finn (2013) Is later better or worse? Association of advanced parental age with offspring cognitive ability among half a million young swedish men American Journal of Epidemiology, 177 (7). 649-655. ISSN 0002-9262

Silventoinen, Karri and Myrskylä, Mikko and Tynelius, Per and Yokoyama, Yoshie and Rasmussen, Finn (2013) Social modifications of the multiple birth effect on IQ and body size: a population-based study of young adult males Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27 (4). 380-387. ISSN 02695022

Jelenkovic, Aline and Silventoinen, Karri and Tynelius, Per and Myrskylä, Mikko and Rasmussen, Finn (2013) Association of birth order with cardiovascular disease risk factors in young adulthood: a study of one million Swedish men PLOS One, 8 (5). e63361. ISSN 1932-6203

Elo, Irma T. and Martikainen, Pekka and Myrskylä, Mikko (2013) Socioeconomic status across the life course and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in Finland Social Science and Medicine, online. ISSN 02779536

Elo, Irma T. and Martikainen, Pekka and Myrskylä, Mikko (2013) Socioeconomic status across the life course and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in Finland Social Science and Medicine, online. ISSN 0277-9536

Myrskylä, Mikko and Silventoinen, Karri and Jelenkovic, Aline and Tynelius, Per and Rasmussen, Finn (2013) The association between height and birth order: evidence from 652 518 Swedish men Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67 (7). 571-577. ISSN 0143-005X

Willführ, Kai P. and Myrskylä, Mikko (2013) Phenotype-environment mismatch due to epigenetic inheritance? Programming the offspring's epigenome and the consequences of migration American Journal of Human Biology, 25 (3). 318-328. ISSN 1042-0533

Myrskylä, Mikko and Scholz, Rembrandt (2013) Reversing East-West mortality difference among German women, and the role of smoking International Journal of Epidemiology, 42 (2). 549-558. ISSN 0300-5771


Myrskylä, Mikko and Fenelon, Andrew (2012) Maternal age and offspring adult health: evidence from the health and retirement study Demography, 49 (4). 1231-1257. ISSN 0070-3370

Barthold, Julia A. and Myrskylä, Mikko and Jones, Owen R. (2012) Childlessness drives the sex difference in the association between income and reproductive success of modern Europeans Evolution and Human Behavior, 33 (6). 628-638. ISSN 1090-5138


Margolis, Rachel and Myrskylä, Mikko (2011) A global perspective on happiness and fertility Population and Development Review, 37 (1). 29-56. ISSN 0098-7921


Myrskylä, Mikko (2010) The effects of shocks in early life mortality on later life expectancy and mortality compression: a cohort analysis Demographic Research, 22. 289-320. ISSN 1435-9871

Myrskylä, Mikko (2010) The relative effects of shocks in early- and later-life conditions on mortality Population and Development Review, 36 (4). 803-829. ISSN 0098-7921


Lynch, Julia and Myrskylä, Mikko (2009) Always the third rail?: pension income and policy preferences in European democracies Comparative Political Studies, 42 (8). 1068-1097. ISSN 0010-4140

Myrskylä, Mikko and Kohler, Hans-Peter and Billari, Francesco C. (2009) Advances in development reverse fertility declines Nature, 460 (7256). 741-743. ISSN 0028-0836

Myrskylä, Mikko and Chang, Virginia W. (2009) Weight change, initial BMI, and mortality among middle- and older-aged adults Epidemiology, 20 (6). 840-848. ISSN 1044-3983

Myrskylä, Mikko (2009) Essays on mortality and the life course phd thesis, University of Pennsylvania


Myrskylä, Mikko (2007) Generalised regression estimation for domain class frequencies Research Reports, 247. Statistics Finland, Helsinki, Finland. ISBN 9789524677127

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