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Michael Berger
Mag. Dr. Michael BergerPostdoctoral researcher

Center for Public Health (Department of Health Economics)

ORCID: 0000-0002-1183-8410

Further Information


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., Six, E. and Czypionka, T. (2023) ‘Policy implications of heterogeneous demand reactions to changes in cost-sharing: Patient-level evidence from Austria’, Social Science & Medicine, p. 116488. Available at:
  2. 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:
  3. 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:
  4. 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:
  5. Mayer, S., Berger, M. and Oberndorfer, M. (2023) ‘Equal in ashes? Exploring socioeconomic inequalities in lifespan based on obituary data in Austria’, SSM - Population Health, 24, p. 101550. Available at: