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Sonja Spitzer joined the IIASA World Population (POP) Program in 2017. Her research centers around the social and economic consequences of demographic change. Currently, she is focusing on the measurement and analysis of wellbeing from a demographic perspective, with particular emphasis on inequalities in health and economic wellbeing within and between generations. Over the past years, she has built strong expertise in assessing the reliability of survey data, especially in the context of popular health measures and demographic differentials in health perception. For her research, she applies demographic as well as econometric methods.
Dr. Spitzer earned her PhD with a specialization in Demography and Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in 2020. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Socio-Economics, both from the WU. She has completed parts of her studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. At present, Dr. Spitzer is also a research scholar at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), which is part of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital.
Last update: 05-MAY-2020
Hammer B, Spitzer S , Vargha L, & Istenič T (2020). The gender dimension of intergenerational transfers in Europe. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 15: e100234. DOI:10.1016/j.jeoa.2019.100234.
Spitzer S (2020). Biases in health expectancies due to educational differences in survey participation of older Europeans: It’s worth weighting for. The European Journal of Health Economics DOI:10.1007/s10198-019-01152-0. (In Press)
Spitzer S & Shaikh M (2020). Health misperception and healthcare utilisation among older europeans. Vienna Institute of Demography
Spitzer S & Weber D (2019). Reporting biases in self-assessed physical and cognitive health status of older Europeans. PLoS ONE 14 (10): e0223526. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0223526.
Spitzer S (2019). Biases in health expectancies due to educational differences in survey participation of older Europeans: It’s worth weighting for. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-003
Spitzer S , Greulich A, & Hammer B (2019). The Subjective Cost of Young Children: A European Comparison. In: Population Association of America, 2008 Annual Meeting, 10-13 April 2008, Austin, Texas.
Spitzer S & Weber D (2019). Who is telling the truth? Biases in self-reported physical and cognitive health status of older Europeans. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-002
Hammer B, Spitzer S , Vargha L, & Istenič T (2019). The gender dimension of intergenerational transfers in Europe. Vienna Institute of Demography
Spitzer S , Greulich A, & Hammer B (2018). The subjective cost of young children: A European comparison. Vienna Institute of Demography
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