Sonja Spitzer

Research Group: Population Economics

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7753

E-Mail: sonja.spitzer(at)


Sonja Spitzer is a population economist working on health, ageing, and economic wellbeing over the life course. She tackles questions related to healthy ageing as well as the economic impact of life events such as retirement or the birth of a child on households. Sonja 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 as well as demographic methods.

At present, Sonja is a predoctoral researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and affiliated with the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID). She is also 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