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Research Institute for Human Capital and Development

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The main goal of the Re­search In­sti­tute "Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment" is to bet­ter un­der­stand the role of hu­man cap­ital world­wide - the hu­man re­source base in terms of the num­ber of people and their chan­ging struc­ture by age, gender, place of res­id­ence, level of edu­ca­tion, health status, cog­nit­ive skills, and par­ti­cip­a­tion in the "pro­duc­tion" of hu­man well-be­ing.

The Re­search In­sti­tute for Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment is an in­sti­tute at WU and a key com­pon­ent of the "Wit­tgen­stein Centre for Demo­graphy and Global Hu­man Cap­ital", foun­ded in 2011. The WU Re­search In­sti­tute joins two other scien­ti­fic in­sti­tu­tions in the Wit­tgen­stein Centre: the World Pop­u­la­tion Pro­gram of the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Ap­plied Sys­tems Ana­lysis (II­ASA), and the Vi­enna In­sti­tute of Demo­graphy (VID) of the Aus­trian Academy of Science (ÖAW). This col­lab­or­a­tion merges ex­ist­ing strengths in the Vi­enna area in demo­graphy, hu­man cap­ital form­a­tion, and the ana­lysis of re­turns to edu­ca­tion, in order to es­tab­lish a glob­ally lead­ing centre in these re­lated fields. The Re­search In­sti­tute for Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment also com­bines ex­ist­ing strengths in the fields of demo­graphy and eco­nom­ics.