Michael was born in 1993 in Graz, Austria. He obtained both his bachelor’s degree in Economics and his master’s degree in Empirical Economics at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz. During his master studies, he spent a semester at the University of Udine in the course of the double degree program in Economics. During his bachelor and his master studies in Graz, he has worked for two years as a tutor and student assistant at the Chair of Economics. After his graduation, he participated in the Advanced Studies Program at the IfW Kiel and worked as a research assistant at the Forecasting Center. Following this, Michael worked in the riskmanagement unit of a medium-sized bank in Graz and took classes of the master program in Banking and Insurance Management at the University of Applied Sciences, Graz. In his master’s thesis, Michael analyzed the evolution of the concept of comparative advantage from a historical perspective. In his research paper at the IfW Kiel, he performed a meta-analysis to examine the relation between risk preferences and testosterone exposure with the help of a fixed-effects and a random-effects model. His main fields of interest are behavioral economics, experimental economics and game theory. In his free time, Michael enjoys learning foreign languages, training for triathlon competitions and reading both fiction and non-fiction.