Wolfgang Lutz founded the Wittgenstein Centre to apply the powerful methodological tools of demography to the analysis of human capital formation, thus introducing the "quality" dimension into demography and heightening the relevance of demography to almost all aspects of global development. Twenty-five years of work in the interdisciplinary environment of IIASA convinced him of the importance to long-term sustainable development of investments in education and health.
With a focus on Europe in his nine years with the Vienna Institute of Demography, the insight matured that population aging could be tackled better through more education and the resulting increased productivity rather than by simply increasing fertility. Finally, this new school of thought will produce its own human capital through a new training and research program at the WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business. Wolfgang's role as leader of the three pillars unites the separate parts.