Prospective measures of aging for Central and South America

27 JUL 2020

In this new paper published in PLOS ONE, Sergei Scherbov and colleagues apply prospective measures of population aging to America.

! Out now: European Demographic Datasheet 2020 !

10 JUL 2020

This issue focuses on measuring and assessing education, well-being and internal migration and examining recent trends in fertility and mortality.

Corresponding Research Areas: Family and Fertility, Forecasting and Ageing, Health and Longevity, Human Capital Data Lab, Population Economics

When is someone old?

8 JUL 2020

In a new paper Warren Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov discuss how to choose between the UN’s alternative views of population aging.

Wolfgang Lutz receives Honorary Doctoral Degree in Liberal Arts

3 JUL 2020

In recognition of his profound contribution to the progress of human society and academic research he received this honor from Chulalongkorn University.

COVID-19: Timing the lockdown...

1 JUL 2020 order to balance health consequences and the economic burden. (Interview with Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz in German)

Corresponding Research Areas: Population Economics

Planning for a growing elderly population

26 JUN 2020

In a new study, Daniela Weber and Sergei Scherbov investigated the prevalence of activity limitations among older adults in 23 low- and middle-income countries.

Demographic Consequences of COVID-19

19 JUN 2020

IIASA and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration are hosting an online symposium on 29 Jun 2020.

Homo sapiens literata - the brainpower for sustainable development

16 JUN 2020

Wolfgang Lutz published a new paper with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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


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