Dr Zack Dorner

Zack Dorner

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics

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

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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.

Papers Taught

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

  • 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.

  • Dorner, Z. (2019). A behavioral rebound effect. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 98, 28 pages. doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2019.102257

Find more research publications by Zack Dorner


Agriculture; Economics; Environment

Behavioural Economics; Experimental Economics; Fresh water; Climate Change

Contact Details

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