Dorman

Peter Dorman

Professor of Economics, Evergreen State College
Areas of Expertise:
  • Climate Change
  • Jobs & Workers
  • Unions & the Labor Movement

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About Peter

Dorman’s specializations in applied economics include climate change policy, occupational health and safety, child labor, international labor standards and democratic approaches to corporate governance and industrial policy. His theoretical work has explored topics in microeconomic modeling, cost-benefit analysis, and the use and abuse of statistical methods in testing economic theories. Dorman has also done extensive work with the International Labor Organization, as well as research and advocacy groups such as the Economic Policy Institute and the Sightline Institute.

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Publications

Markets and Mortality: Economics, Dangerous Work and the Value of Human Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Argues that workers are generally not compensated by being paid more for being exposed to greater health risks, and that the monetary “value of life” measures used by economists are mistaken.
"Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labor," Geneva: International Labor Organization, 2003.
Provides an integrated study of the economic costs and benefits of eliminating child labor in developing and transitional countries.
"Evolving Knowledge and the Precautionary Principle" Ecological Economics 53 (2005): 169-176.
Defends a version of the precautionary principle derived from efficient market theory and based on the historical trend towards increased recognition of environmental risk.
"Low Savings or a High Trade Deficit? Which Tail is Wagging Which?" Challenge 50, no. 4 (2007): 49-64.
Argues that the overvalued dollar and the absence of industrial policy is responsible for low US savings (high debt), rather than low savings being responsible for the trade deficit.
Macroeconomics: A Fresh Start (Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2014).
Provides a new beginning for the study of microeconomics, emphasizing current debates and research trends. Offers an international outlook and reflects the shift toward empirical methods, as well as the study of institutions and economic behavior.
Microeconomics: A Fresh Start (Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2014).
Provides a new beginning for the study of microeconomics, emphasizing current debates and research trends. Offers an international outlook and reflects the shift toward empirical methods, as well as the study of institutions and economic behavior.

In the News

Guest to discuss the economics of the radical left on KPFA Radio Against the Grain: Building a Left Vision, Peter Dorman, March 9, 2005.
Guest to discuss child labor on KPFA Radio Against the Grain: Young at Work, Peter Dorman, August 11, 2008.
"Rules versus Discretion in Macropolicy," Peter Dorman, EconoSpeak, November 13, 2014.
"Upstream, Downstream: Why a Campus-Based Carbon Tax is a Bad Idea," Peter Dorman, EconoSpeak, December 8, 2014.
Regular contributionsPeter Dorman to EconoSpeak.