WIC/ADRI Summer School: "Demography, Human Capital and Economic Growth"

12 JUL 2017

WIC/ADRI Summer School: "Demography, Human Capital and Economic Growth"

From June 19th  till June 23rd  the Wittgenstein Centre together with the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) organized the first Asian Summer School in "Demography, Human Capital and Economic Growth", hosted by the University of Shanghai, China.

Leading international scholars from Asia and Europe gave lectures about the first and second demographic dividends and on the role of human capital as a determinant of economic development. The training had theoretical and applied parts, using Excel and the statistical software R, with seminars in which the participants had the opportunity to apply the learned techniques to their home-country data. The participants were doctoral students from 12 different countries (Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand), enrolled in renewed universities worldwide. Four junior researchers from WIC participated in the course: Marina Andrjevic, Thananon Buathong, Anna Dimitrova, Melissa C.B.S. Lima.

1)       June 19th : Population and Human Capital, by Samir KC (ADRI, WIC)

-        Introducing Demographic Projection: Total Population, Population Dynamics, Components of Change, Sources of heterogeneity; Cohort Component Projection
-        Age and Sex Projections (applied)
-        Data: ADRI, National Statistics, United Nations, Wittgenstein Centre,

2)       June 20th – 21st : Population, National Transfer Account, and Economic Dependency, by Bernhard Hammer (WIC)
-        Economic Support Ratios and the Demographic Dividend
-        Age-Specific Household Accounts – National Time Transfer Accounts

3)       June 22nd - 23rd:  Population and economic growth, by Jesus Crespo Cuaresma (WIC)

-        An Introduction to Economic Growth Theory: The Solow Model of Economic Growth; Human Capital and Economic Growth; The stylized facts
-        Age Structure, Education and Economic Growth: Revisiting the Demographic Dividend
-        Human Capital and Economic Development: A Projection Exercise

To explore the projections by levels of educational attainment, including projection developed for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) according to a set of Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP) scenarios, see: http://www.wittgensteincentre.org/dataexplorer

To know more about the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) and the AGENTA project, see: http://www.ntaccounts.org/web/nta/show/ 

About ADRI:

  • The Asian Demographic Research Institute, led by Prof. Leiwen Jiang, was established in June 2015. The chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committee is Prof. Wolfgang Lutz. The institute is working on five pillars in demography: Population and Environment, Human Capital and Development, Internal Migration and Urbanization, International Migration and Health and Ageing. ADRI is the head-quarter of Asian Meta-Center and offers an International Masters in Asian Demography and a Phd Program.

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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. 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