11 November 2019 - 12 November 2019
The scientific literature addressing human wellbeing is rapidly expanding in economics, psychology, sociology, and the health sciences, and is also becoming increasingly important in interdisciplinary studies of sustainable development. A large number of wellbeing indicators have been proposed in order to quantitatively capture and monitor progress towards better human wellbeing and study its determinants. Many of these indicators have demographic components such as life expectancy or studies explicitly address age- and gender-specific differentials in economic standing, life satisfaction, health/disability or consider other demographic differentials.
Researchers at the Wittgenstein Centre (Univ.Vienna, IIASA, VID/ÖAW) are currently involved in several studies around economic and health aspects of human wellbeing, and at IIASA an ERC Advanced Grant funded project led by Wolfgang Lutz is particularly looking at the demography of sustainable human wellbeing. In this context and with partial funding from this grant the conference wants to bring together researchers from around the world working on different aspect of human wellbeing with a specifically demographic perspective. The aim is to put demography more prominently on the table as a discipline that has much to contribute to the scientific study of human wellbeing, both in terms of its measurement and the analysis of its determinants.
The conference will look into the following topics:
The keynote speakers at the conference will be Carol Jagger, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University, and Paul Frijters, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Title: Demographic aspects of human wellbeing
Date: 11-12 November 2019
Location: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
Registration: There are no participation fees, but the participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.
For detailed information and registration please visit the event website.
About the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (Univ.Vienna, IIASA, VID/ÖAW)
The Wittgenstein Centre is a collaboration between the Department of Demography at the University of Vienna, the World Population Program at IIASA, and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Until September 2019, the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) was the third pillar.
The Centre combines the partners’ strengths in the fields of demography, human capital formation and analysis of the returns to education. It builds on a highly successful collaboration that has already generated significant scientific advances. “Human capital” refers to the human resource base in terms of the number of people and their changing structure by age, gender, location, education, health status, cognitive skills and other relevant characteristics. Its intent is to provide a sound scientific foundation for decision-making at various levels.
Last edited: 26 November 2019
Program, multimedia, presentation slides, and posters
The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing
Hammer B, Spitzer S, Vargha L, & Istenič T (2020). The gender dimension of intergenerational transfers in Europe. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 15: e100234. DOI:10.1016/j.jeoa.2019.100234.
Hoffmann R & Muttarak R (2020). Greening through schooling: understanding the link between education and pro-environmental behavior in the Philippines. Environmental Research Letters 15 (1): e014009. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/ab5ea0.
Andrijevic M, Crespo Cuaresma J, Muttarak R , & Schleussner C-F (2020). Governance in socioeconomic pathways and its role for future adaptive capacity. Nature Sustainability 3: 35-41. DOI:10.1038/s41893-019-0405-0.
Diamond-Smith N, Saikia N , Bishai D, & Canudas-Romo V (2020). What has contributed to improvements in the child sex ratio in select districts of India? A decomposition of the sex ratio at birth and child mortality. Journal of Biosocial Science 52 (1): 27-36. DOI:10.1017/S0021932019000221.
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