05 November 2021
Online event

Demographic theories. Repositioning the discipline at the core of social sciences.

Renowned IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz will present his new book "Advanced Introduction to Demography" at the high-level expert meeting and  online launch event.

© Edward Elgar Publishing

© Edward Elgar Publishing

Highlighting the power of multi-dimensional demography, this Advanced Introduction addresses the most consequential changes in our societies and economies using quantitative approaches. It defines three demographic theories with predictive power – demographic metabolism, transition and dividend – and repositions the discipline at the heart of social science.

This Advanced Introduction is a must-read for demographers around the globe, as well as students of demography at all levels. It will also be useful to academics in other social sciences, including human geography, development studies and sociology scholars interested in what state-of-the-art demography has to offer their fields.

At the online event, co-organized by International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) , Population Europe and Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna) the author will present the textbook and will discuss his theses with five internationally renowned researchers working at the universities of Berkeley, Bocconi, Stanford, Singapore and the Collegio de Mexico, as well as with the audience.

Date: 5 November 2021 (15:00-16:00 CET).

Link to registration: https://population-europe.eu/book-launch-wolfgang-lutz

For more details visit event page  


Wolfgang Lutz, Advanced Introduction to Demography (Elgar Advanced Introductions series), Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, Northampton, Massachusetts 2021

Discussion Panel

  • Alicia Adsera, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Francesco C. Billari, Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Milan, Honorary President of the European Association for Population Studies
  • Joshua R. Goldstein, Director of the Berkeley Population Center and Professor of Demography, University of California, Berkeley
  • Leiwen Jiang, Founding director and Professor, Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, and Senior Associate, Population Council, New York
  • Landy Lizbeth Sánchez Peña, Chair of the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de México, Mexico City


  • Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary of Population Europe and Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • Nico van Nimwegen, Secretary General, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

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Lutz, W., Reiter, C. , Özdemir, C., Yildiz, D. , Guimaraes, R. , & Goujon, A. (2021). Skills-adjusted human capital shows rising global gap. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (7), e2015826118. 10.1073/pnas.2015826118.

Lutz, W. (2021). Advanced Introduction to Demography. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78990-148-1

Lutz, W., Striessnig, E. , Dimitrova, A., Ghislandi, S., Lijadi, A., Reiter, C. , Spitzer, S. , & Yildiz, D. (2021). Years of good life is a well-being indicator designed to serve research on sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (12), e1907351118. 10.1073/pnas.1907351118.

Lutz, W. & Gailey, N. (2020). Depopulation As A Policy Challenge In The Context Of Global Demographic Trends. UNDP Serbia

Reiter, C. , Özdemir, C., Yildiz, D. , Goujon, A. , Guimaraes, R. , & Lutz, W. (2020). The Demography of Skills-Adjusted Human Capital. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-20-006

Reiter, C. & Lutz, W. (2020). Survival and Years of Good Life in Finland in the very long run. Finnish Yearbook of Population Research 54, 1-27. 10.23979/fypr.87148.

Burns, T., Lutz, W., Goujon, A. , & K.C., S. (2020). The Potential of Integrated Education and Population Policies. In: Systemic Thinking for Policy Making: The Potential of Systems Analysis for Addressing Global Policy Challenges in the 21st Century. pp. 91-98 Paris, France: New Approaches to Economic Challenges, OECD Publishing. ISBN 978-92-64-49456-510.1787/879c4f7a-en.

Lutz, W. (2020). World Population Trends and the Rise of homo sapiens literata. In: Transformative Roles of Science in Society: From Emerging Basic Science Toward Solutions for People’s Wellbeing. pp. 43-67 Vatican City: Ex Aedibus Academicis in Civitate Vaticana. ISBN 978-88-7761-114-7

Marois, G. , Bélanger, A., & Lutz, W. (2020). Population aging, migration, and productivity in Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, e201918988. 10.1073/pnas.1918988117.

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