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Miguel Sanchez-Romero

Guest Research Scholar

Economic Frontiers Program


Miguel Sanchez-Romero is a guest researcher in the IIASA Economic Frontiers Program. His main research interest is in the effects of the interaction between demographic changes and intergenerational transfers on labor supply, human capital investments, health, inequality, and economic growth. He is a member of the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) project and of several demographic and economic societies. He has published in top peer-reviewed journals such as Resource Policy, PLoS ONE, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of the Economics of Ageing, Labour Economics, and Demographic Research, among others.

He has worked on a number of international projects including the National and Intergenerational Transfer Accounting Project (Contabilidad de la Transferencia Nacional e Intergeneracional) funded by the European Science Fund; the AGENTA project, which examines the effects of demographic change in the European Union (European Commission, 7th framework); and coauthored the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) project, Reforms of social security systems in heterogeneously aging populations, with Alexia Prskawetz. He is a co-opted member of the field committee on Population Economics of the German Economic Association, associate editor of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing, and editor of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research.

Sanchez-Romero obtained his PhD in Economics from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain in December 2006. He worked as a lecturer at Universidad Europea de Madrid and at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2007). He was a Fulbright postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ronald D. Lee at the Center on Economics and Demography of Ageing (CEDA) at the University of California, Berkeley in the US (2008-2010). From 2010 until 2014, he worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. In 2014, he joined the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaborative center of the Vienna Institute of Demography/Austrian Academy of Sciences, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and University of Vienna (2014-2019). He also worked at the Economic Unit of the Vienna University of Technology (TU) from 2018 until 2020. He rejoined the Wittgenstein Centre in 2020.

Last update: 23 DEC 2021


Sanchez-Romero, M., Marsicano, M., & Kuhn, M. (2024). Explaining the increasing inequality in life expectancy across income groups. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-24-011

Sanchez-Romero, M. & Prskawetz, A. (2023). Social Security Reforms in Heterogeneous Aging Populations. In: The Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Ageing. Eds. Bloom, D.E., Souza-Posa, A., & Sunde, U., pp. 199-216 London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 978-036771-332-4 10.4324/9781003150398-13.