Dr Zack Dorner

Zack Dorner

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics


Agriculture; Economics; Environment

Behavioural Economics; Experimental Economics; Fresh water; Climate Change; Biodiversity

Qualifications: BA (Hons, First Class) Victoria University of Wellington, PhD Monash University

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Contact Details

Email: zack [dot] dorner [at] waikato [dot] ac [dot] nz
Room: MSB.2.04
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 ext. 6222

Papers Taught

About Zack

I am a Pākehā who grew up in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. I am passionate about research in the areas of behavioural and environmental economics and am currently Deputy Director of the Waikato Experimental Economics Laboratory (WEEL). I specialise in survey and experimental methods. My research focuses on individual behaviours in relation to environmental and resource management. I also apply my research methods to work in the area of health economics.

I am currently working on the following externally funded projects:

Āmiomio Aotearoa - A circular economy project funded through Endeavour

Empowering Kaitiakitanga & Environmental Stewardship - Funded through the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

Moving the Middle: empowering land managers to act in complex rural landscapes - funded through Endeavour

Research Supervised

I am always open to discussion supervising topics in environmental, experimental and agricultural economics. I am currently supervision the following Master's theses:

Incentivising Urban Freshwater Conservation: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Aotearoa New Zealand - Robbie Maris

Reducing methane emissions from enteric fermentation in grazing ruminants - Ben Marmont

Research Interests

  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Health economics

Recent Publications

  • Hess, S., Lancsar, E., Mariel, P., Meyerhoff, J., Song, F., van den Broek-Altenburg, E., . . . Zuidgeest, M. (2022). The path towards herd immunity: Predicting COVID-19 vaccination uptake through results from a stated choice study across six continents. Social Science and Medicine, 298, 114800. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114800

  • Knook, J., Dorner, Z., & Stahlmann-Brown, P. (2022). Priming for individual energy efficiency action crowds out support for national climate change policy. Ecological Economics, 191, 8 pages. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107239

  • Dorner, Z., Tucker, S., & Hassan, G. (2021). A veil of ignorance: Uncertain and ambiguous individual productivity supports stable contributions to a public good: Working Paper in Economics (1/21). Waikato Management School.

  • Maris, R., & Dorner, Z. (2021). Cost efficiency analysis using operating profit margin for the New Zealand dairy industry (21/04). Waikato Management School.

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