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.

Selected Publications:

  • Caulkins J., Grass D., Feichtinger G., Hartl R., Kort P. M., Prskawetz A., et al. (2021). The optimal lockdown intensity for COVID-19. Journal Of Mathematical Economics, 93, 102489.
  • Sanchez-Romero M., di Lego Goncalves V., Prskawetz A. & L. Queiroz B. (2021). An indirect method to monitor the fraction of people ever infected with COVID-19: An application to the United States. Plos One, 16, 1-14.
  • Caulkins J., Grass D., Feichtinger G., Hartl R., Kort P. M., Prskawetz A., et al. (2020). How Long Should the COVID-19 Lockdown Continue?. Plos One, 15, e0243413.
  • Sanchez-Romero M., Lee R. D. & Prskawetz A. (2020). Redistributive effects of different pension systems when longevity varies by socioeconomic status. The Journal Of The Economics Of Ageing, 17, 1-13.

Selected Publications of Wolfgang Lutz:

  • Marois G., Belanger A. & Lutz W. (2020). Population aging, migration, and productivity in Europe. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences, 117, 7690-7695.
  • Messerli P., Kim E. M., Lutz W., Moatti J. -P., Richardson K., Saidam M., et al. (2019). Expansion of sustainability science needed for the SDGs.
  • Gailey N. & Lutz W. (2019). Summary of ‘Demographic and human capital scenarios for the 21st century: 2018 assessment for 201 countries’. Vienna Yearbook Of Population Researchdemographic And Human Capital Scenarios For The 21St Century: 2018 Assessment For 201 Countries: Executive Summary., 221-234.
  • Kebede E., Goujon A. & Lutz W. (2019). Stalls in Africa’s fertility decline partly result from disruptions in female education. Pnas, 116, 1281-1296.


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