About

Sonja Spitzer joined the Wittgenstein Centre in 2017. Her research centres around the social and economic consequences of demographic change. Currently, she is focusing on the measurement and analysis of wellbeing from a demographic perspective, with a particular emphasis on inequalities in health and economic wellbeing within and between generations. Over the past years, she has built strong expertise in assessing the reliability of survey data, especially in the context of popular health measures and demographic differentials in health perception. For her research, she applies demographic as well as econometric methods.

Dr. Spitzer earned her PhD with specialisation in Demography and Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in 2020. She also holds a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Socio-Economics, both from WU. She has completed parts of her studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. At present, Dr. Spitzer is a research scholar at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) as well as the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Areas of Expertise

  • Measures of Health and Ageing
  • Intergenerational Transfers
  • Statistical modelling
  • Survey methods

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact

E-Mail: spitzers@iiasa.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 51581-7753

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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