Michael Dorsch is an applied economist whose research and teaching interests are mainly in public economics and political economics. Michael's current research program investigates the political economy of development, with a particular interest in the economic causes and consequences of political instability, civil conflict and institutional change. Michael's previous research has explored topics such as the political economy of special-interest legislation in the United States, the role of social mobility in the political economy of taxation and the economics of pro-environmental behavior. His work has been published in interdisciplinary journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Public Choice, and Social Sciences Quarterly. Within SPP, Michael teaches Economic Analysis, Applied Regression Analysis, and Financial Crises in Economic and Historical Perspective.