Michael Kuhn is the Program Director of the IIASA Economic Frontiers (EF) Program. He has been (co-)leader of the research group on population economics at the Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA,OEAW, University of Vienna) and Vienna Institute of Demography and is currently on leave. Having received a doctorate in economics from the University of Rostock, Germany, in 2001 he has since held positions at the Centre of Health Economics, University of York, UK (1999-2004; lectureship) and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Demographic Research / University of Rostock, Germany (2005-2008; junior professorship). His research interests lie in the area of health and population economics.

Michael Kuhn has published, inter alia, in the Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Economics Letters, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Demographic Economics, Demographic Research and Theoretical Population Biology. Having completed work on the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) stand-alone project “Medical Progress, Health Expenditure and Population Ageing” (2014-2017), he will from 2018 co-investigate with Stefan Wrzaceck the FWF project “Life-cycle behaviour in the face of large shocks to health”. He is member of the field committees on “Health Economics” and “Population Economics” of the German Economic Association, associate editor of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing, and co-organiser of the ‘European Workshop on Labour, Health and Education under Demographic Change’ (since 2006).

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Economics
  • Macroeconomics of Health & Healthcare
  • Life Cycle Modelling of Health Behaviour
  • Economics of Long-term Care

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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Affiliation: IIASA
E-Mail: kuhn@iiasa.ac.at

Other Resources

MEDPRO Project - Medical Progress, Health Expenditure and Population Ageing 
LIFE SHOCKS Project - Life-cycle behaviour in the face of large shocks to health

IIASA website

The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. In assessing the effects of these forces on long-term human well-being, we combine scientific excellence in a multidisciplinary context with relevance to a global audience. It is a collaboration among the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna.