Age, gender and COVID-19 infections

27 MAY 2020

A new preprint by Tomas Sobotka et al. shows that in ten European countries women of working age are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than men.

Corresponding Research Areas: Family and Fertility, Health and Longevity, Population, Environment and Sustainable Development

Redistributive effects of different pension systems when longevity varies by socioeconomic status

13 MAY 2020

Sanchez-Romero et al. find that socioeconomic group-specific life tables are needed for restoring the progressivity of pension systems.

Corresponding Research Areas: Population Economics

Why especially young people are affected by the COVID-19 crisis

12 MAY 2020

Economically seen, young adults are the most vulnerable group. (Interview with Bernhard Binder-Hammer in German)

Corresponding Research Areas: Population Economics

The COVID-19 epidemic intensifies existing inequalities

12 MAY 2020

Population groups are hit to various degrees by the COVID-19 crisis. (Interview with Erich Striessnig in German)

Corresponding Research Areas: Population, Environment and Sustainable Development

A new approach to measuring inequalities in development

30 APR 2020

A new study by S. Scherbov and S. Gietel-Basten systematically explored the use of the Human Life Indicator as a means of measuring progress in development.

ERC Proof of Concept grant for Sergei Scherbov

28 APR 2020

This project will explore how to make pension policies more equitable and ensure new measures of population ageing are up-to-date.

Vacancy: Two postdoc positions - Deadline 04.05.2020

14 APR 2020

The Department of Demography of the University of Vienna (part of the Wittgenstein Centre) is looking for two postdocs to join the team.

COVID-19 customized charts & data: New website to analyse the pandemic worldwide

7 APR 2020

Compare the development of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world and create customized charts.

WIC researchers demand data access

6 APR 2020

Open letter by Austrian scientists to Health Minister Rudolf Anschober.

Vacancy: Tenure-Track Professorship for the field of Demography and Human Capital Formation

3 FEB 2020

This position is to be filled at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna. Deadline: 18 March 2020.


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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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