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 democratization. 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 Public Choice, Economics & Politics, and Social Sciences Quarterly. Within SPP, Michael teaches Economic Analysis, Advanced Quantitative Methods, and Financial Crises in Economic and Historical Perspective.