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EmpoweredLifeYears SIGNED

The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing

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Project "EmpoweredLifeYears" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Schlossplatz 1
postcode: 2361

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 1˙819˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙819˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2022-10-31


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 Project objective

This project will apply two distinctly demographic concepts to research questions that go far beyond demography. The wellbeing indicators proposed here will be based on life table methods and the recently operationalized concept of Demographic Metabolism – modelling social change through the replacement of generations – will be used to get a quantitative analytical handle on the temporal dynamics of improving human wellbeing. The project will theoretically develop, empirically estimate, test and forecast indicators of human wellbeing that are based on life table methods and hence reflect the basic – but often overlooked fact – that being alive is a necessary prerequisite for enjoying any quality of life. But since mere survival is not sufficient as an ultimate goal for most people the person years lived at each age will be weighted with four different dimensions of empowerment: health, literacy, happiness and being out of poverty. These are four dimensions of an indicator tentatively called ELY (Empowered Life Years). ELY will also serve as the explanandum of a global level econometric estimation of the determinants of wellbeing considering human, manufactured and natural capitals as well as knowledge and institutions. The global level analysis is complemented by a set of strategically chosen in-depth systems-analytical case studies in Namibia/Western Cape, Nepal, Costa Rica and historical Finland modelling the population-development-environment (PDE) interactions including feed-backs e.g. from environmental degradation to wellbeing and taking the trends of ELY in different sub-populations as sustainability criteria. They will also include stake holder involvement and science-policy interactions. This innovative inter-disciplinary cross-fertilisation can potentially make an important contribution to the current discussions about operationalizing the criteria and end goal of sustainable development and developing better human wellbeing based metrics of progress.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Wolfgang Lutz, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Endale Kebede, Alexia Prskawetz, Warren C. Sanderson, Erich Striessnig
Education rather than age structure brings demographic dividend
published pages: 12798-12803, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1820362116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/26 2019-09-18
2018 A. Lijadi
Theoretical Foundations to outline Human Well-being: Metaanalytic Literature Review for defining Empowered Life Years.
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IIASA Working Papers WP-18-002 2019-09-18
2019 Spitzer, S.; Weber, D.
Who is telling the truth? Biases in self-reported physical and cognitive health status of older Europeans
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IIASA Working Papers WP-19-002 2019-09-18
2018 Lutz W, Lijadi AA, Strießnig E , Dimitrova A, Caldeira Brant de Souza Lima M
Years of Good Life (YoGL): A new indicator for assessing sustainable progress.
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IIASA Working Papers WP-18-007 2019-09-18
2018 Wolfgang Lutz, Endale Kebede
Education and Health: Redrawing the Preston Curve
published pages: 343-361, ISSN: 0098-7921, DOI: 10.1111/padr.12141
Population and Development Review 44/2 2019-09-18
2017 W. Lutz
Studying the Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing: Empowered Life Years (ELY) as Sustainability Criterion.
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IIASA Working Paper WP-17-009 2019-09-18
2019 Spitzer, S.
Biases in health expectancies due to educational differences in survey participation of older Europeans: It’s worth weighting for
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IIASA Working Papers WP-19-003 2019-09-18

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