Call for Papers: Fertility Across Time and Space - Data and Research Advances

8 FEB 2018

Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2018
Vienna, 5.-7. December 2018

Today about a half of the world population lives in countries with fertility around or below two births per woman. Post-transitional fertility rates have often been unstable, undergoing unexpected downturns, upswings and reversals. To account for these developments new theories, methods, and measures have been proposed. These advances have been stimulated by an emergence of new datasets that allow in-depth comparisons of period and cohort fertility and their components between countries and subnational regions. In particular, the Human Fertility Database (HFD) and the Human Fertility Collection (HFC) have established themselves as the leading resources in aggregate-level research on fertility.

This conference aims to build on the expanding data availability and contribute to methodological and empirical advances in fertility research. We encourage submissions on fertility trends, their variation, components and driving forces, as well as on methods, data and indicators in fertility research. Research based on the Human Fertility Database and the Human Fertility Collection is especially welcome.

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Paper submissions

Submissions should include
1) a short abstract (200-400 words) and
2) an extended abstract (2-5 pages) or the full paper.

They should be submitted online.
Please make sure your abstract includes the title, full name(s), affiliation and email addresses of each author.

The deadline for submitting papers is 1 June 2018.

The authors of accepted papers will be informed by 31 July 2018.



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. It is a collaboration among the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and the Demography Group and the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

Wittgenstein Centre Partner: WU Wittgenstein Centre Partner: OEAW Wittgenstein Centre Partner: IIASA