Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences


Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2020

Vienna, November 30 - December 1, 2020
The conference was held online via Zoom.

COVID-19 is causing serious health, social and economic challenges, several of which are directly related to demographic factors. While the initial efforts focus on slowing the spread of the pandemic and mitigating its immediate impact, significant demography-related consequences are expected in the longer term, ranging from the way our economies function in terms of labor markets and migration, to family related behavior (including possible effects on fertility), international travel patterns and social and health care policies, as well as to how the economic burden can be shared fairly across the population.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from around the world working on COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences from a demographic perspective.



Wolfgang Lutz, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Raya Muttarak

video presentation 

Chairs: Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Maria Winkler-Dworak

Niki Popper |TU Wien

The COVID-19 crisis - decision support based on an agent-based approach: the challenge of understanding dynamic effects

pdf | video presentation 

Session Chairs: Michael Kuhn, Miguel Sánchez-Romero

  • Niklas Scheuer, Klaus Wälde
    Economic inequalities caused by Covid-19 and associated public health measures

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Mengni Chen, Wanli Nie, Pau Baizan, Guy Abel
    Tracing human spatial mobility patterns before, during, and after COVID-19 in China

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Guillaume Marois, Raya Muttarak, Sergei Scherbov
    Assessing the potential impact of COVID-19 on life expectancy

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Jonathan Caulkins, Dieter Grass, Gustav Feichtinger, Richard Hartl, Peter M. Kort, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Andrea Seidl, Stefan Wrzaczek
    How long should the COVID-19 lockdown continue?

    pdf | video presentation 

Session Chairs: Dilek Yildiz, Endale Birhanu Kebede, Michaela Potančoková

Session Chairs: Erich Striessnig, Vanessa Di Lego

  • Patrizio Vanella, Christian Wiessner, Anja Holz, Gérard Krause, Annika Möhl, Sarah Wiegel, Berit Lange, Heiko Becher
    The role of age distribution, time lag between reporting and death and healthcare system capacity in case fatality estimates of COVID-19

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Raquel Guimaraes, Marília Nepomuceno, Acácia Nasr, Junior Garcia, Maria Goretti, Nestor Junior, Carlos Alberto Preto
    The changing age-structure of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 deaths and cases: a case study of Paraná, Brazil

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Vandana Tamrakar, Ankita Srivastava, Mukesh C. Parmar, Sudhir Kumar Shukla, Shewli Shabnam, Bandita Boro, Apala Saha, Benjamin Debbarma, Nandita Saikia
    District level correlates of the COVID-19 pandemic in India

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Philip Verwimp
    The spread of COVID-19 in Belgium: a municipality-level analysis

    pdf | video presentation 

Chairs: Wolfgang Lutz, Raya Muttarak

Joshua R. Goldstein | University of California – Berkeley

Demography after the pandemic

pdf | video presentation

Session Chairs: Sergei Scherbov, Marc Luy

  • Héctor Pifarré I Arolas, Enrique Acosta, Guillem López Casasnovas, Adeline Lo, Catia Nicodemo, Tim Riffe, Mikko Myrskylä
    Years of life lost to COVID-19 in 42 countries

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Mallika Snyder, Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Iván Williams, Emilio Zagheni
    The lived experience of COVID-19 mortality: quantifying the relationship between excess mortality and family bereavement

    pdf | video presentation 




Session Chairs: Bernhard Binder-Hammer, Claudia Reiter

  • Tomáš Sobotka, Zuzanna Brzozowska, Raya Muttarak, Kryštof Zeman, Vanessa Di Lego
    Age, gender and COVID-19 infections

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Nadia Steiber, Raya Muttarak
    Occupational COVID-19 hazard in Austria: Are women really more exposed?

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Alfried Braumann
    After the lockdown. The structural effects of COVID-19 on entrepreneurs and company formation in Vienna

    pdf | video presentation 

Session Chairs: Eva Beaujouan, Caroline Berghammer

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld, Sabine Zinn
    Coronavirus & care: how the coronavirus crisis affected fathers’ involvement in Germany

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Raffaele Guetto, Daniele Vignoli, Giacomo Bazzani
    Marriage and cohabitation under uncertainty: the role of narratives of the future during the COVID-19 pandemic

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Lawrence Berger, Giulia Ferarri, Marion Leturq, Lidia Panico, Anne Solaz
    COVID-19 lockdowns and demographically-relevant Google trends: a cross-national analysis

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Bruno Arpino, Marta Pasqualini, Valeria Bordone, Aïda Solé-Auró
    Older people’s non-physical contacts and depression during the COVID-19 lockdown

    pdf | video presentation 

Session Chairs: Sonja Spitzer, Vanessa di Lego, Roman Hoffmann

Chair: Tomas Sobotka, Zuzanna Brzozowska

  • Lyman Stone
    Eros vs. Thanatos: How will COVID-19 impact fertility in 2020 and 2021?

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Francesca Luppi, Bruno Arpino, Alessandro Rosina
    The impact of COVID-19 on fertility plans in Italy, Germany, France, Spain and UK

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Joshua Wilde, Wei Chen, Sophie Lohmann
    COVID-19 and the future of US fertility: What can we learn from Google?

    pdf | video presentation 
  • Giacomo Bazzani, Raffaele Guetto, Daniele Vignoli
    Narratives of the future shape fertility in uncertain times: evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic

    pdf | video presentation 

Chairs: Raya Muttarak, Paola Di Giulio

Karl Ulrich Mayer | Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Notes on a sociology of the COVID-19 pandemic: intersections with demography

pdf | video presentation 

Paola Di Giulio, Dilek Yildiz, Sonja Spitzer, Michael Kuhn, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

video presentation

Modelling COVID-19 age-sex mortality metrics

Vladimir Shapiro
Northeastern University, Boston, MA


Burden of informal care in the Netherlands during the corona pandemic

Leonoor Gräler, Leonie Bremmers, Job van Exel, Pieter Bakx, Marianne Van Bochove
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands



Productivity related to paid and unpaid work during the COVID-19 pandemic

Samare Huls, Ayesha Sajjad, Tim Kanters, Werner Brouwer, Job van Exel, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen


Paola Di Giulio (co-ordinator), Michael Kuhn, Wolfgang Lutz, Marc Luy, Raya Muttarak


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact conference.vid(at)

The Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2020 is organized by the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital.

The Centre is a collaboration among the the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and Department of Demography of the University of Vienna.

After scientific review, selected conference contributions are published in the thematic issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2022:


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