Dr. Martina Lizarazo López
Project Manager,
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Martina joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2017. Since October 2018, she is head of the new project “Demographic Resilience and Participation” in the Megatrends program. The project analyses how the effects of population aging interact and cumulate between public services systems and infrastructures. Building on this, it develops political concepts that take into account the multiple pressure of population aging and have a stabilising effect on several supply systems.

Martina studied, among others, political science in Bonn and Aix-en-Provence, France. She holds a doctorate in political science and is specialized in demographic policy in France and Germany. Before joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung, she received several scholarships from, among others, the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, and worked at the University of Bonn.

Published Posts byDr. Martina Lizarazo López
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An Aging Population - The Impact on Foreign Trade in Industrialized Countries
What do empiricism and simulation calculations tell us?


An aging population: In the last week, we have shown what theoretical connections can be expected between an ageing society and the current account balance of this country. The question now is which demographically induced effects important industrial nations such as Germany, Japan and the USA can expect in their current account balances by 2050. […] More ...

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Demographics and Foreign Trade: What Are the Effects of an Aging Population on the Current Account Balance of an Economy?


The change in the age structure of a society has an impact on key macroeconomic variables, including the savings and investment ratios, the inflation rate and overall economic productivity. Our forthcoming paper outlines some central relationships between the ageing of population in developed industrial economies and their current account balances. More ...

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Yes. There Can Be Demographic Dividends with an Aging Population
Can Foreign Direct Investments (FDI’s) help increase prosperity and foster global sustainable development?


Could these different demographic and economic development stages be mutually beneficial? In this blog post we discuss whether foreign direct investments (FDIs) could help generate long-term economic growth and material prosperity producing demographic dividends for both sides. More ...