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Michael Berger
Mag. Dr. Michael BergerPostdoctoral researcher

Center for Public Health (Department of Health Economics)

ORCID: 0000-0002-1183-8410

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Health economics; Health Policy; Socioeconomic Factors; Spatial Analysis

Research interests

My research areas are health economics, health econometrics, health inequality and (health) policy evaluation. My work focuses on the financial sustainability and equity of healthcare systems, and institutional causes behind regional variation in epidemiology and health care use.

Selected publications

  1. Berger, M., Sommersguter-Reichmann, M. and Czypionka, T. (2020) ‘Determinants of soft budget constraints: How public debt affects hospital performance in Austria’, Social Science & Medicine, 249, p. 112855. Available at:
  2. Berger, M. and Czypionka, T. (2021) ‘Regional medical practice variation in high-cost healthcare services’, The European Journal of Health Economics, 22(6), pp. 917–929. Available at:
  3. Berger, M. et al. (2022) ‘Exploring the effectiveness of demand-side retail pharmaceutical expenditure reforms’, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 23(1), pp. 149–172. Available at:
  4. Berger, M., Mayer, S. and Simon, J. (2022) ‘A novel set of Austrian reference unit costs for comprehensive societal perspectives consistent with latest European costing methods for economic evaluations’, Wiener klinische Wochenschrift. Available at:
  5. Katschnig, H. et al. (2019) ‘Using national electronic health care registries for comparing the risk of psychiatric re-hospitalisation in six European countries: Opportunities and limitations’, Health Policy, 123(11), pp. 1028–1035. Available at: