SPP Assistant Professor Michael Dorsch has published an article in the January 2014 issue of Social Science Quarterly.
Dorsch's paper examines the extent to which individual-level determinants of environmental concern in underdeveloped economies differ from those in advanced economies.
Surveying responses to environmental questions asked in 40 countries from the 2005–2008 wave of the World Values Survey, Dorsch's econometric analysis tests the extent to which individual-level determinants of environmental concern are conditional upon the level of national economic development. His findings reinforce the notion that environmentalism is value driven and support a generalized interpretation of postmaterialism in which the relevance of subjective values for explaining environmental concern increases as countries develop.
At SPP, Dorsch is teaching the fundamentals of economic analysis for public policy and public economic theory.