Economic Frontiers Program
BiographyMichael 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.
He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics in Economics and Statistics at TU Wien (the Vienna University of Technology) in 2022 with his dissertation focusing on the optimal preventive and adaptive strategies with respect to risk in health and environmental economics. Freiberger's general research interests include: (i) dynamic macro-economic modeling, (ii) optimal control systems (with age-structure or stochastic elements), (iii) environmental economics, (iv) health economics, and (v) numerical methods for optimization problems.
During his studies Freiberger spent time at the Vienna Doctoral Program on Water Resource Systems in 2017, where he analyzed the economic aspects of socio-hydrological models that describe the interaction between population and the water system. In 2018, he started working at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaborative center of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna Institute of Demography), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and the University of Vienna. Until 2021 he contributed to the project, Life-cycle behavior in the face of large shocks to health.
Last update: 12 SEP 2022
Freiberger, M., Kuhn, M., & Wrzaczek, S. (2023). Modeling health shocks. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-23-002
Freiberger, M., Hoffmann, R., & Prskawetz, A. (2022). Modelling disaster risk behaviour on the household level. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.
Freiberger, M., Kuhn, M., & Wrzaczek, S. (2022). Opening the DICE black-box. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.
Buratto, A., Muttoni, M., Wrzaczek, S., & Freiberger, M. (2022). Should the COVID-19 lockdown be relaxed or intensified in case a vaccine becomes available? PLoS ONE 17 (9) e0273557. 10.1371/journal.pone.0273557.
Freiberger, M., Grass, D., Kuhn, M., Seidl, A., & Wrzaczek, S. (2022). Chasing up and locking down the virus: Optimal pandemic interventions within a network. Journal of Public Economic Theory 24 (5) 1182-1217. 10.1111/jpet.12604.