Dr Zack Dorner

Zack Dorner

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics


Agriculture; Economics; Environment

Behavioural Economics; Experimental Economics; Fresh water; Climate Change

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 passionate about research in the areas of behavioural and environmental economics and am currently Deputy Director of the Waikato Experimental Economics Laboratory (WEEL).  My research focuses on individual behaviours in relation to environmental and resource management, with additional applied work relating to climate and freshwater policy within the agriculture sector. I also apply my research methods to work in the area of health economics. I completed my PhD thesis in environmental and experimental economics at Monash University in 2018.

Research Supervised

I am always open to discussion supervising topics in environmental, experimental and agricultural economics. In the past I have supervised the following topics:

An analysis of a dairy farm feed trial.

Financial Literacy in the Agricultural Industry.

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

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

  • 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.

  • Dorner, Z., Brent, D., & Leroux, A. (2019). Preferences for intrinsically risky attributes. Land Economics, 95(4), 494-514.

  • Dorner, Z. (2019). A review of New Zealand studies into the cost of degradation of freshwater ecosystems (ME 1430). Ministry for the Environment.

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