Morbidity and Disability

The death of an individual is the ultimate depletion of his/her human capital. Other sources of human capital depletion are declining health status and cognitive abilities at higher ages. The latter is the explicit focus of the research area Morbidity and Disability including cognitive ageing which systematically studies the internationally available empirical evidence on this issue. The modelling of trends in the proportions of elderly people (as measured through conventional and new indicators of ageing) and in education and other differentials in physical disabilities at higher ages is done in close collaboration with the staff who works on Multi-dimensional Population Dynamics and Measuring and Modelling Population Ageing.


Key Concepts / Questions

  • Identification of risk factors and mechanisms of morbidity and disability
  • Development of methods and introduction of indicators of morbidity and disability
  • Modelling future patterns of morbidity and disability

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