COVID-19 related research and resources at the Wittgenstein Centre

This collection includes the latest research and resources from the Wittgenstein Centre related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more information on the related research below:


Population heterogeneity is a critical factor of the kinetics of the COVID-19 epidemics
In a new preprint Dalkhat Ediev shows that taking into account that people differ in catching and spreading COVID-19 may reduce the cost of the pandemic.

International remittance flows and the economic and social consequences of COVID-19
In the light of a decreasing international (labour) migration due to COVID-19 Guy Abel et al. visualize the degree of the interconnectedness of the ‘global economy of work’ based on the latest inter- (and intra-) regional global data on international remittances.

Community COVID-19 Vulnerability Index in India
Samir KC et al. show that some areas of India are more at risk of severe infection and deaths than others and recommend the central and state governments to reach the vulnerable population through the vast network of local-level governments.

News from the front: Estimation of excess mortality and life expectancy in the major epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy
Raya Muttarak, Markus Sauerberg et al. provide estimates of excess deaths observed during the peak of COVID-19 outbreak in the most severely hit Italian provinces.

Assessing the potential impact of COVID-19 on life expectancy
Guillaume Marois, Raya Muttarak, Sergei Scherbov et al. provide first estimates of the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on period life expectancy based on a discrete-time microsimulation model for four broad world regions.

Demographics of COVID-19 Deaths
Markus Sauerberg contributes to an international comprehensive database on COVID-19 death counts.

COVID-19 vulnerability index for Austrian municipalities
Leora Courtney-Wolfman, Roman Hoffmann, Anna-Theresa Renner and Erich Striessnig detect COVID-19 vulnerable groups in order to enable adequate responses by health authorities and policy makers.

Risk perception in the US based on PEW data
Leora Courtney-Wolfman, Roman Hoffmann, Anna-Theresa Renner and Erich Striessnig are identifying how different risk groups perceive COVID-19 as a threat, and how this perception is related to supporting or disapproving restrictions implemented to control the pandemic.

Gender differences in vulnerability to COVID-19 pandemic
Tomas Sobotka, Zuzanna Brzozowska, Vanessa Di Lego, Raya Muttarak, Markus Sauerberg and Krystof Zeman investigate the role of age and gender when looking more deeply at COVID-19 infections, hospitalisation, fatality rates and mortality in an international setting.

How many lives can be saved? A global view on the impact of testing, herd immunity and demographics on COVID-19 fatality rates
Miguel Sanchez-Romero, Vanessa Di Lego and Alexia Prskawetz identify the role of demographics on COVID-19 fatality rates and quantify the maximum number of lives that can be saved.

Optimally controlling a pandemic across networks
Michael Freiberger, Stefan Wrzaczek and Michael Kuhn pose the question for the optimal timing, magnitude and combination of COVID-19 containment strategies.

Modelling human-environment interaction under the risk of zoonosis
Initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic Michael Kuhn and Stefan Wrzaczek model the interplay between animals, humans, and the ecological system.

Optimal lock-down policies: an OR approach
Considering the economy as well as health economy Stefan Wrzaczek, Alexia Prskawetz and Gustav Feichtinger show the interplay of the point in time and length of the COVID-19 shut down.

Assessing the macroeconomic burden of COVID19
Michael Kuhn et al. calculate the macroeconomic COVID-19 burden and its stretch into the future for a large number of countries world-wide.

Coming to grips with a viral macroeconomic literature on COVID19
Michael Kuhn et al. a comprehensive oversight on (early) economic research on COVID-19 from an economic point of view.

COVID-19 Tracker
This tool, created by Zuzanna Brzozowska and Krystof Zeman, displays time-series of total cases, new cases, deaths, and derived relative indicators for selected countries in a comparative perspective.

Macroeconomic consequences of COVID19 in Austria
Jesus Crespo Cuaresma et al. provide scenarios of the medium-run economic effects of the lockdown in Austria using the IIASA macroeconomic simulation model.


Timing is everything
with Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz (in German)

The COVID-19 epidemic intensifies existing inequalities
Interview with Erich Striessnig (in German)

Why especially young people are affected by the COVID-19 crisis
Interview with Bernhard Binder-Hammer (in German)


The hidden burden of pandemics, climate change and migration on mental health
Blog post
by Lisa Thalheimer and colleague

The female face of COVID-19 infections in Europe
Blog post by Tomas Sobotka

The Cercedilla Manifesto: Advocating for more environmentally and socially sustainable research meetings
Blog post by Raquel Guimaraes

Explaining the COVID-19 outbreak and mitigation measures
Blog post by Raya Muttarak

Reducing COVID-19 vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean
Blog post by Raquel Guimaraes

COVID-19: An unprecedented shock to social and economic systems
Blog post by Erich Striessnig


Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2020 with a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic
30-11-2020/01-12-2020: Demographic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences

Researchers from the Wittgenstein Centre at the
Online Symposium on “Demographic Consequences of COVID-19” - 29 June 2020, 1-5PM (CEST)

The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. In assessing the effects of these forces on long-term human well-being, we combine scientific excellence in a multidisciplinary context with relevance to a global audience. It is a collaboration among the Department of Demography of the University of Vienna, the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW).

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