In conjunction with the publication of World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century  in August 2014, POP prepared and disseminated an executive summary  and launched an online Data Explorer which allows users to browse, select, visualize, and download assumption and results data associated with the new publication.
The pioneering work of POP scientists on reassessing population aging and its important policy implications were acknowledged at an international conference in Vienna in December, entitled New Measures of Age and Ageing. At the same time, new measures of aging based on people’s characteristics (for instance, strength of hand grip) were introduced .
An extensive analysis of the natural disaster data for 167 countries confirmed a major hypothesis in forecasting adaptive capacity for climate change, namely, that education is a key factor in enhancing climate adaptation. Results were published in Science in November .
The Age and Cohort Change (ACC) research group started a new project on cohort changes in education among religious denominations of the world. ACC published numerous results of its research on age- and sex-specific cognitive disparities and on the interplay between education and cognition .
In 2014 World Population Program (POP) scientists undertook an extensive analysis of natural disaster data for 167 countries over the past four decades as well as a number of studies carried out in individual countries and regions to test the hypothesis that education is a key factor in reducing disaster fatalities and enhancing adaptive capacity. More
The World Population Program (POP), with three other IIASA programs—Energy (ENE), Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases (MAG), and Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM), has begun to implement the crosscutting project “Accounting for socioeconomic heterogeneity in IIASA models.” More
An IIASA study for the first time estimates the trade-off between pension age and labor-force participation policies, showing that increasing labor force participation by as little as 1 or 2 percentage points could allow the pension age to be reduced by one year without increasing the burden on the working population. More
 Lutz W, Butz WP, KC S (2014). World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
 Lutz W, Butz WP, KC S (2014). World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century: Executive Summary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
 Sanderson WC, Scherbov S (2013). The characteristics approach to the measurement of population aging. Population and Development Review, 39(4), 673-685.
 Lutz W, Muttarak R, Striessnig E (2014). Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation. Science 346(6213), 1061-2.
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