23 October 2014
Washington, D.C., USA

Book launch: World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century

IIASA's World Population Program and the Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) proudly present their latest book published with Oxford University Press.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

Hosted by the Wilson Centre, this event introduces the results of the latest population projections from IIASA's the World Population Program and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU). Entitled “World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century” (eds. W. Lutz, W. Butz and Samir KC) it is a massive volume with 1056 pages including projection results for all countries in the world by age, sex and level of education. It is currently likely the most comprehensive assessment of the global state of knowledge about future population and human capital trends.

This event will provide the opportunity to meet two editors, Wolfgang Lutz and William P. Butz, and includes guest speakers Jason Bremner, Program Director of Population, Health, and Environment, Population Reference Bureau, and Scott Radloff, Senior Scientist and Director, PMA2020, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. It will be hosted by Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center.


10:00-12:00 EDT, 16:00-18:00 CET Watch the event live here.


This book summarizes our efforts over the last three years based on a major new assessment of what we know about likely drivers of future fertility, mortality, migration and education in different parts of the world. This information has been collected through an online questionnaire which was answered by more than 500 international population experts, through five so-called “Meta Expert” meetings on five continents as well as through substantive background chapters produced by over 70 lead authors and contributing authors. Through blending this substantive knowledge with statistical models alternative scenarios were defined and projection results by age, sex and six levels of educational attainment are presented for all countries. The book also introduces the demographic dimensions of the SSPs (Shared Socioeconomic Pathways) which represent the new generation of IPCC related scenarios that are likely to become the main reference for population and climate change in the coming years.


Date: 23 October 2014, 10AM - 12PM EDT (4PM - 6PM CET)

Location: 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza - 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-302


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Wolfgang Lutz

Interim Deputy Director General for Science Directorate - DDG for Science Department

Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program

Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Samir K.C.

Senior Research Scholar Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

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