Michael graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics. As an undergrad Michael participated in several research endeavors including research design for UC Berkeley’s Brain Imaging Center (BIC) on questions in neuroeconomics. Upon graduation he worked as a research assistant with Professor Ben Handel and Professor Jonathan Kolstad exploring topics in health insurance. Working with Utah’s All Payers Claims Database (APCD) he explored questions on the validity of free-market driven innovation in health insurance, the impact of the thick tailed distribution of health expenditure on risk pooling, and the unequal distribution of health care inflation on income strata. His current research includes the continuation of his previous work on healthcare inflation and the impact of pharmaceutical detailing on downstream physician prescribing behavior.