Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Deputy Director

Research Group: Economic Demography

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7702

E-Mail: alexia.fuernkranz(at)


Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz is executive director of the Vienna Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She holds a doctorate in mathematical economics from the Vienna University of Technology (TU), as well as a second doctorate (Habilitation) in population economics and applied econometrics from the same university.

She is currently also acting as deputy head at the Institute of Statistics and Mathematical Methods in Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, as a research associate at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and as one of the five directors of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, of which the Vienna Institute of Demography is one of three pillar institutions.

Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz is working in the field of the economics of population and individual ageing, long-run economic growth, agent-based models and environmental economics. She has published numerous articles in refereed scientific journals and edited special issues of economic and demographic journals.


Areas of Expertise

  • Long-run population and economic development
  • Macroeconomic consequences of an ageing population
  • Population ageing, economic productivity and the labour market
  • Agent-based computational models and social interaction

Selected Publications

Changes in economic activity: The role of age and education
Author(s): Loichinger E, Prskawetz A
Reference: Demographic Research 36, pp. 1185-1208
Year: 2017

How many old people have ever lived on earth?
Author(s): Sanchez-Romero M, Ediev D, Feichtinger G, Prskawetz A
Reference: Demographic Research 36, pp 1667-1700
Year: 2017

Optimal health and retirement over the life-cycle
Author(s): Kuhn M, Wrzaczek S, Prskawetz A, Feichtinger G
Reference: Journal of Economic Theory 158 (2015) pp 186-212
Year: 2015

Health, education and retirement over the prolonged life cycle: a selective survey of recent research
Author(s): Kuhn M, Prskawetz A, Sunde U
Reference: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2014. pp 1-22
Year: 2014