Sonja Spitzer joined the Department of Demography at the University of Vienna in 2020. Her research spans health and population economics, with a focus on ageing societies in Europe. She investigates how health, health behaviour, and income develop over the life course, considering differences between genders and socioeconomic groups. 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 microeconometric 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health economics (health behaviour)
  • Demographic economics
  • Ageing
  • Data reliability

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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E-Mail: sonja.spitzer(at)univie.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 51581 7753

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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.