Sonja Spitzer is a population economist working on health, ageing, and economic wellbeing over the life course. She tackles questions such as “How healthily will we age in the future?” or “How do life events, such as the birth of a child or retirement, impact the financial situation of households?”. She is particularly interested in issues related to survey data, for example, weighting adjustments or the evaluation of self-reported measures with objective information. For her research, she applies econometric methods as well as demographic methods.

At present, Sonja is a predoctoral researcher at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) in the research group on population economics as well as a PhD candidate at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). She holds a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Socio-Economics, both from WU. She has also completed parts of her studies at the School of Economics and the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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Affiliation: VID/ÖAW
E-Mail: sonja.spitzer@oeaw.ac.at
Phone: +431313367753

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).

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