Thomas Fent

Research Group: Economic Demography

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7715

E-Mail: thomas.fent(at)


Thomas Fent is a population economist at the Vienna Institute of Demography.

He conducts research in various fields of demography with a focus on the impact of social effects on demographic behaviour. He published articles in professional journals and edited volumes on union formation, fertility, family dynamics and family policies but also on the economics of ageing, investment in human capital and economic growth. He applies agent-based models, formal mathematical methods, computer simulations and empirical methods.

He studied applied mathematics/mathematical methods in economics at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden. He held affiliations with the Institute of Business Management of the University of Vienna and with the Department Management, Technology and Economics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He gained teaching experience at ETH Zurich, University of Vienna, Vienna University of Technology, Università degli Studi di Padova, University of Bamberg, Danube University Krems and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems.


Areas of Expertise

  • Social Interactions & Demographic Behaviour
  • Fertility, Family Dynamics and Family Policies
  • Economics of Ageing
  • Ageing and Human Capital
  • Agent-based Models

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Family Policies in the Context of Low Fertility and Social Structure
Author(s): Fent T, Aparicio Diaz B, Prskawetz A
Reference: Demographic Research, Vol. 29(37), pp. 963-998
Year: 2013

Transition to parenthood: The role of social interaction and endogenous networks
Author(s): Aparicio Diaz B, Fent T, Prskawetz A, Bernardi L
Reference: Demography, Vol. 48(2), pp. 559-579
Year: 2011

Workforce Aging and Labor Productivity: The role of supply and demand for labor in the G7
Author(s): Prskawetz A, Fent T, Guest R
Reference: Population and Development Review, Vol. 34, Supplement, pp. 298-323
Year: 2008