Michael Kuhn

Research Group: Economic Demography

(on leave)




Michael Kuhn is (co-)leader of the research group on population economics at the Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID/OEAW, WU) and Vienna Institute of Demography. 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. He 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

Selected Publications

Noncommunicable diseases attributable to tobacco use in China: Macroeconomic burden and tobacco control policies
Author(s): SE Chen, M Kuhn, K Prettner, DE Bloom
Reference: Health Affairs 38(11), 1832-1839. (Included in Health Affairs Editor’s top-10 for 2019).
Year: 2019

The global macroeconomic burden of road injuries: Estimates and projections for 166 countries
Author(s): SE Chen, M Kuhn, K Prettner, DE Bloom
Reference: The Lancet: Planetary Health Volume 3, ISSUE 9, Pe390-e398
Year: 2019

Population Change and the Regional Distribution of Physicians
Author(s): M Kuhn and C Ochsen
Reference: Journal of the Economics of Ageing 14, 100197
Year: 2019

Access to health care, medical progress and the emergence of the longevity gap: A general equilibrium analysis
Author(s): I Frankovic and M Kuhn
Reference: Journal of the Economics of Ageing 14, 100188
Year: 2019

Health and Economic Growth
Author(s): Bloom, DE, Kuhn, M and Prettner K
Reference: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance
Year: 2019