Research Projects & Publications

An Indirect Method To Monitor The Fraction Of People Ever Infected With COVID-19: An Application To The United States
Sánchez-Romero M, di Lego V, Prskawetz A, L. Queiroz B (2021) An indirect method to monitor the fraction of people ever infected with COVID-19: An application to the United States. PLoS ONE 16(1): e0245845. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0245845

Assessing The Generational Impact Of COVID-19 Using National Transfer Accounts (Ntas) 
Sánchez-Romero M.(2022). Assessing the generational impact of COVID-19 using National Transfer Accounts (NTAs). Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 20. https://doi.org/10.1553/populationyearbook2022.res1.2 first online: 25.01.2022

Assessing The Macroeconomic Burden Of COVID-19 
Michael Kuhn et al. calculate the macroeconomic COVID-19 burden and its stretch into the future for many countries worldwide.

Coming To Grips With A Viral Macroeconomic Literature On COVID-19 
Bloom DE, Kuhn M & Prettner K (2022). Modern Infectious Diseases: Macroeconomic Impacts and Policy Responses. Journal of Economic Literature 60(1), 1–47. DOI: 10.1257/jel.20201642

Consequences Of COVID-19 Pandemic For Births And Fertility Trends 
Sobotka T, Jasilioniene A, Galarza A A, Zeman K, Nemeth L, & Jdanov D. (2021, March 24). Baby bust in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? First results from the new STFF data series. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/mvy62

COVID-19 Global Demographic Research Needs? Replacing Speculative Commentaries with Robust Cross-national Comparisons 
Eva Beaujouan wrote an essay on the needs for comparative research and data in the collection of essays „Covid-19 and the Global Demographic Research Agenda“ (Population and Development Review).

COVID-19 Tracker 
This tool, created by Zuzanna Brzozowska and Krystof Zeman, displays a time series of total cases, new cases, deaths, and derived relative indicators for selected countries from a comparative perspective.

COVID-19: Testing Remains An Important Strategy 
Di Lego V, Sánchez-Romero M & Prskawetz A. (2022) The impact of COVID-19 vaccines on the Case Fatality Rate: The importance of monitoring breakthrough infections. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2022.03.059

Decrease In Life Expectancy In Germany In 2020: Men From Eastern Germany Most Affected 
Luy M, Sauerberg M, Muszynska-Spielauer M & di Lego V 2021. Decrease in Life Expectancy in Germany in 2020: Men from Eastern Germany Most Affected. Comparative Population Studies. 46, (Dec. 2021). DOI: https://doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2021-20.

Demographics Of COVID-19 Deaths
Markus Sauerberg contributes to a comprehensive international database on COVID-19 death counts.

Gender Differences In COVID-19 Pandemic In Europe
Sobotka T, Brzozowska Z, Muttarak R, Zeman K, & di Lego V (2020). Age, gender and COVID-19 infections. MedRxiv, 2020.05.24.20111765. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.24.20111765

How Many Lives Can Be Saved? A Global View On The Impact Of Testing, Herd Immunity And Demographics On COVID-19 Fatality Rates 
Sánchez-Romero M, Di Lego V, Fürnkranz-Prskawetz A & Queiroz B L (2020). How many lives can be saved? A global view on the impact of testing, herd immunity and demographics on COVID-19 fatality rates (ECON WPS - Working Papers in Economic Theory and Policy No. 05/2020). TU Wien, Institute of Statistics and Mathematical Methods in Economics, Economics Research Unit. https://ideas.repec.org/p/zbw/tuweco/052020.html

How To Distribute The Jabs: Coordinating Lockdowns And The Allocation Of Scarce COVID-19 Vaccines 
Stefan Wrzaczek, Alexia Prskawetz, Miguel Sanchez-Romero, Gustav Feichtinger, Michael Kuhn et al. analyse how to coordinate lockdowns and the allocation of scarce COVID vaccines.

International remittance flows and the economic and social consequences of COVID-19 
J. Abel G, Gietel-Basten S. International remittance flows and the economic and social consequences of COVID-19. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 2020;52(8):1480-1482. doi:10.1177/0308518X20931111

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fertility plans in Vienna
This project aims to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fertility plans.

Macroeconomic consequences of COVID-19 in Austria
 

Jesus Crespo Cuaresma et al. provide scenarios of the medium-run economic effects of the lockdown in Austria using the IIASA macroeconomic simulation model.

Modelling Human-Environment Interaction Under The Risk Of Zoonosis
It was initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic Michael Kuhn and Stefan Wrzaczek model the interplay between animals, humans, and the ecological system.

News From The Front: Estimation Of Excess Mortality And Life Expectancy In The Major Epicenters Of The COVID-19 Pandemic In Italy
Ghislandi S. Muttarak R, Sauerberg M & Scotti B (2020). News from the front: Estimating excess mortality and life expectancy in Italy's major epicentres of the COVID-19 pandemic. MedRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.29.20084335

Older Europeans’ health perception and their adaptive behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic
Spitzer, S., Shaikh, M., & Weber, D. (2022). Older Europeans’ health perception and their adaptive behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. European Journal of Public Health, 32(2), 322–327. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckab221

Optimal Lock-Down Policies: An Or Approach

  • Caulkins JP, Grass D, Feichtinger G, Hartl RF, Kort PM, Prskawetz A, Seidl A & Wrzaczek S (2021) The optimal lockdown intensity for COVID-19. Journal of Mathematical Economics 93 (Article 102489). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmateco.2021.102489

Optimally Controlling A Pandemic Across Networks
Michael Freiberger, Stefan Wrzaczek and Michael Kuhn question the optimal timing, magnitude and combination of COVID-19 containment strategies.

Population heterogeneity is a critical factor of the kinetics of the COVID-19 epidemics
Ediev, D. M. (2020). Population heterogeneity is a critical factor of the kinetics of the COVID-19 epidemics. MedRxiv, 2020.06.25.20140442. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.25.20140442

Should the COVID-19 lockdown be relaxed or intensified in case a vaccine becomes available?
Buratto, A., Muttoni, M., Wrzaczek, S., and Freiberger, M. (2022). Should the COVID-19 lockdown be relaxed or intensified in case a vaccine becomes available? PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0273557 [pure.iiasa.ac.at/18194]

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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. 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 Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna.