Veranstaltungen Session A.2: Wellbeing across different Stages in the Life Course

Und darum geht es:

Subjective wellbeing is an important aspect that is indicative for the living situation of individuals, in which human behavior is ultimately targeted at improving one’s wellbeing. Therefore, viewing the circumstances of life within societies, which predominantly reflects monetary aspects (e.g. income, wealth), is too narrow and calls for a more comprehensive perspective on individual wellbeing. The investigation of subjective wellbeing – the perceived feeling of happiness or satisfaction with one’s life in general – enables that.

This session provides a platform to discuss the interrelations of subjective wellbeing with demographic events, such as fertility and family, spatial mobility and aging. Highly recognized international scholars from these key demographic research areas have been invited to give an overview about the specific topics and, for example, show how events across the life course (e.g. birth of a child or relocations) affect subjective wellbeing. The session will close with a discussion between the keynote speakers and the audience about important dimensions when researching the wellbeing of societies and different subpopulations, and which of them should be considered in a “Wellbeing monitor” for politicians and other actors outside academia.


Dr. Nico Stawarz: "A brief introduction: Why we should care about population´ subjective well-being?" (PDF, 76KB, Datei ist nicht barrierefrei)

Dr. Monika Mynarska: "Do children make parents happy? Well... It depends." (PDF, 1MB, Datei ist nicht barrierefrei)

Prof. Dr. Martijn Hendriks: "Happiness and Migration" (PDF, 837KB, Datei ist nicht barrierefrei)


Zu den Personen:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Spieß
Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB)


Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spiess is Director of the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). She holds the professorship of Population Economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. C. Katharina Spiess studied economics at the University of Mannheim. In 1996, she earned her doctorate degree at Ruhr University in Bochum. She then worked as project manager at Prognos AG in Basel and Berlin. In 2000, she moved to DIW Berlin, where she worked at the research-based infrastructure unit of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) until 2012. In 2005, she completed her habilitation (second thesis) at the Technical University of Berlin. From 2006 to 2021, she held a university professorship for Family and Education Economics at Freie Universität Berlin. She was head of the Department of Education and Family at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) between 2012 and 2021. She was a guest professor at Cornell University, a visiting scholar at the University of Washington Seattle, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on population studies, particularly on education and family issues. Her work has been published in wellknown field journals, such as the Journal for Population Economics, Journal of Heath Economics, Labour Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Economics of Education Review. She is a member of various research networks, expert groups, and commissions, including the Scientific Advisory Board for Family Issues at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs and one of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research

Dr. Nico Stawarz
Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB)

"A Brief Introduction: Why We Should Care About the Population’s Subjective Wellbeing"

Dr. Nico Stawarz is a Senior Researcher at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), where he is affiliated with the research area “Migration and Mobility”. After finishing his Master in Sociology at the University of Technology in Chemnitz, he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Siegen in 2017. Over his career, he has been involved in various research projects, such as the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). His research focuses on the development of different forms of spatial mobility in Germany and the underlying determinants. In addition, he is interested in the effects of spatial mobility on wages, subjective wellbeing, health, and social inequalities.

Prof. Dr. Monika Mynarska
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw

"Do Children Make Parents Happy? Well, It Depends."

Prof. Dr. Monika Mynarska is a Psychologist and a Social Demographer, an Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw and a Researcher at the Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics. She has published on topics related to family and fertility, including the effects of economic conditions, cultural norms, and social policies on reproductive choices. In her research, she focuses on motivations behind parenthood, examining the psychological and social factors that influence people's decisions to have or not to have children. An important part of her work is her involvement in the Generations and Gender Programme.

Prof. Dr. Martijn Hendriks
Erasmus University Rotterdam

"Happiness and Migration"

Prof. Dr. Martijn Hendriks is an Assistant Professor of Happiness Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Happiness Studies and as an executive board member at the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS). His research focuses on the causes and consequences of happiness, particularly in relation to migration, work, and economic behavior.

Prof. Dr. Eric Kim
University of British Columbia

"Psychological Wellbeing and Physical Health in the Context of Our Rapidly Aging World"

Prof. Eric Kim, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses on older adults and aims to identify, understand, and intervene upon the individual and environmental determinants of psychological wellbeing that enhance healthy lifestyle behaviors and reduce the risk of age-related chronic conditions. Around these topics, he has given invited lectures at universities, policy organizations (National Academy of Sciences), corporations (UnitedHealth Care, IDEO, AARP, Samsung, Facebook), and also has been invited for national- and international-level think-tank working groups (U.S. Surgeon Generals Office, OECD, United Nations, Aspen Ideas Festival). He's been recognized as: one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare, an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star, Gerontological Society of America's Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award recipient, and American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Award (Division 20 - Adult Development and Aging).