Demographic Aspects of Human Wellbeing

Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2019

Vienna, November 11 - 12, 2019

Campus WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business,
Building LC, Ceremonial Hall 1,
Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna

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 are currently involved in several studies around economic and health aspects of human wellbeing and an ERC Advanced Grant on “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 aspects 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.

Keynote speakers:

  • Carol Jagger, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA) and

  • Richard E. Lucas, Michigan State University

  • Paul Frijters, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Detailed agenda:

If you'd like to participate in the conference without presenting a paper it is necessary to contact conference.vid(at) before registering.

Conference Organisers

  • Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Wittgenstein Centre
  • Wolfgang Lutz, Wittgenstein Centre
  • Raya Muttarak, Wittgenstein Centre
  • Sonja Spitzer, Wittgenstein Centre


If you have any questions regarding the Conference, please contact

Sonja Spitzer for content related questions: spitzers(at)

Petra Schmutz for organisational matters: conference.vid(at)