Michael Freiberger joined the IIASA Economic Frontiers (EF) Program in 2021, to work on the modeling of economic problems related to disruptive change, COVID-19, and health.
Michael Freiberger obtained his masters degree in Applied Mathematics in Economics and Statistics at the TU Wien in March 2017 with a focus on dynamic macro-economic modelling, population and environmental dynamics and mathematical optimization. In 2015 he spent a semester at Stockholm University, where he took courses about the sociological aspects of economic development and population processes. During his studies he also contributed to research at the Institute of Statistics and Applied Mathematics in economics through his collaboration in several projects under the supervision of Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz. In April 2017 he joined Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems, where he analysed the economic aspects of socio-hydrological models, which describe the interaction between the population and the water system. In April 2018 he joined the Wittgenstein Centre to work within the project ‘Life-cycle behaviour in the face of large shocks to health’.
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.