While the costs of protecting the environment are often seen as impediments to economic development, a new analysis of different measures to control air pollution in India reveals that the costs of even stringent controls are outweighed by their economic and social benefits. More
A new study published in the journal Demography shows that improvements in education levels around the world have been key drivers of economic growth in developing countries that has previously been attributed to declines in fertility rates. More
New findings from IIASA demography experts: The economic crisis led to increased smoking in the USA; and societies’ stereotypes of older people. More
IIASA population program leader and Wittgenstein Center director Wolfgang Lutz speaks to reporters and the general public at several events this month. Lutz is also available for one-on-one interviews. For details please contact the IIASA press office. More
Current population changes in much of the developed world present an opportunity, not a threat, according to a new report produced by IIASA, which underlies discussions this week at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 conference. More
IIASA population and education projections underlie the United Nations Human Development Report 2013, which shows development gains in the Southern Hemisphere during the last several years. More
Vegard Skirbekk has been appointed Adjunct Professor at Jacobs University Bremen More
IIASA’s Wolfgang Lutz gave a public lecture yesterday in Australia, co-sponsored by IIASA’s newest National Member Organization, CSIRO. More
IIASA demographer Sergei Scherbov has won an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to explore population aging and its impacts on Europe and beyond. More
POP researchers have presented new findings at the IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference: Worlds Within Reach – From Science to Policy, which was hosted from 24 to 26 October in Vienna and Laxenburg. More
For her dissertation: Europe’s future human capital: population projections by age, sex, education, labor force participation and health status, Elke Loichinger was honored by the Austrian government More
IIASA population researchers are presenting new findings at the Asian Population Association Conference, which runs from 26 to 29 August in Bangkok, Thailand. More
Between 22 and 26 August, 2012, IIASA Director and CEO Pavel Kabat and IIASA World Population Program leader Wolfgang Lutz are discussing their research on population, innovation, energy, and sustainability at the Alpbach Technology Forum, an internationally-focused meeting related to science, technology, and society. More
How will science and technology shape our global future? More
By applying the multi-state model of population dynamics, including differential fertility, mortality and migration rates, IIASA has produced projections of the European and Asian population by age, sex and four levels of educational attainment. The results are now presented with the European Demographic Data Sheet 2012 and the Asian Demographic and Human Capital Data Sheet 2012. More
Wolfgang Lutz, leader of IIASA’s World Population Program and Director of the Wittgenstein Centre,gave a lecture on “Starting a family in times of decreased fertility" More
The European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) awarded the “Poster Award for the Best Poster Presented at EPC2012” to IIASA’s Marcin Stonawski, Vegard Skirbekk, Michaela Potancokova (and colleagues from Pew Research Center) for their article Religious demography of emerging economies. More
IIASA’s groundbreaking work on the role of education in population development is being featured at the European Population Conference 2012, in Stockholm, Sweden, starting June 13. More
Leader of IIASA’s World Population Program Wolfgang Lutz has been elected as a full member to the Austrian Academy of Sciences. More
Cognitive function might be a better indicator of aging on an economy, than age-distribution More
Amid concerns about the capacity of the planet to support more people, a panel of population and development experts argue that it is not the number of people that is of concern, but more so their age, education, health status, and location that is most relevant to sustainability. More
The Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital Symposium officially opened on 29 September at the Austrian Parliament, Vienna More
The following paper Demography, Education and Democracy: Global Trends and the Case of Iran by Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Wolfgang Lutz and Mohammad Abbasi-Shavazi won the WU Best Paper Award 2011 of Category 3: foreign business communication, law, humanities, sociology, commercial geography, interdisciplinary works. More
Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education. More
The global economic recession of 2008–2009 has been followed by a decline in fertility rates in Europe and the United States, bringing to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates across the developed world since the 1960s. More
IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz highlighted the importance of female education in lowering fertility rates and child mortality in developing countries in a lecture 2 March at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC. More
IIASA, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna University of Economics and Business have established the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital. More
The European Demographic Data Sheet 2010 and Asian Demographic & Human Capital Data Sheet 2008 are available online (download as PDF). Click here for more information about the Asian Demographic and Human Capital Data Sheet 2008.
Due to increasing life-spans and improving health many populations are ‘aging’ more slowly than conventional measures indicate. As published in Science (10 Sep), IIASA scientists have developed new measures of aging that take disability and longevity into account. More
Wolfgang Lutz is the recipient of the Wittgenstein Award for 2010. Also known as the
“Austro Nobel” it is the highest science prize in Austria and it is the first time it has been awarded to a social scientist. The award recognizes exceptional research by scientists who occupy a prominent place in the international scientific community. More
Nathan Keyfitz, leader of IIASA's Population Program from 1983 to 1991 and IIASA Deputy Director during 1992, passed away on April 6, 2010, at the age of 96. Keyfitz was one of the giants of demography. He is credited for developing the field of mathematical demography and at IIASA he also pioneered the application of demographic methods to several other fields.
Nathan came to IIASA in 1983 from Harvard University, where he was the Andelot Professor of Sociology Emeritus. Previously, he had been a professor at the University of Toronto (1959-1963), the University of Chicago (1963-1968), and the University of California, Berkeley (1968-1972).
It was at Chicago that Nathan began to apply mathematical tools and computer technology to the analysis of demographic data. In 1968 he published his groundbreaking Introduction to the Mathematics of Population that described his methodology.
At IIASA he increasingly applied these demographic methods to areas outside of demography as he flourished in IIASA’s interdisciplinary atmosphere in areas such as sustainable development and foreign aid. Much of the work IIASA’s Population Program is doing today – from applications of the multi-state model to probabilistic population projections to population-environment analysis – has its roots in Nathan’s creative ideas.
After leading IIASA's Population Program, Nathan became an Institute Scholar from 1992 to 1993, and served as IIASA's Deputy Director from April to October 1992, when he led the organization of the major 1992 IIASA conference on the challenges for systems analysis in the nineties and beyond. Nathan also established an association for IIASA alumni, known as the IIASA Society, which today has nearly 900 members.
Nathan, who was married to Beatrice (Orkin) Keyfitz from 1939 until her death in October 2009, had two children, Barbara and Robert.
We were privileged to have him at IIASA and we will always treasure his memory. He was exceedingly dedicated to IIASA and an incredibly kind and humble person given his seminal contributions to research.
A memorial service honoring the life of Nathan Keyfitz will be held at 1 p.m. on April 13 at the Bigelow Chapel in Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA). More
An online guestbook for personal condolences can be found at Boston.com
Wolfgang Lutz, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Detlof von Winterfeldt
At the IUSSP's International Population Conference, attended by 2,300 demographers, IIASA's Wolfgang Lutz gave a plenary talk on the role demographers play in understanding population and climate change. The keynote speech marked the presentation of the 2009 Mattei Dogan Award to Lutz who will use the prize to fund the training of a young African demographer at IIASA.
Vegard Skirbekk has been awarded the European Research Council's European Starting Independent Researcher Grant. The five-year study on the demography of skills and beliefs in Europe will look at how factors such as productivity, attitudes, and beliefs will change in Europe in the next 50 years. More
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Lutz W (2019). World Population Trends and the Rise of homo sapiens literata. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-012
Bora J, Saikia N ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6735-6157, & Lutz W (2019). Revisiting the causes of fertility decline in Bangladesh: Family planning program or female education? IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-011
Gietel-Basten S & Scherbov S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0881-1073 (2019). Is half the world’s population really below ‘replacement-rate’? PLoS ONE 14 (12): e0224985. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0224985.
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