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Peter Dorman

Professor Emeritus of Economics, The Evergreen State College
Chapter Member: Oregon SSN
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About Peter

Dorman's research combines economics, environmental analysis and public health. He served for many years as a consultant to the International Labor Organization on child labor ,and recently completed a project for the Economic Policy Institute on economic inequality and occupational health disparities, especially in the context of the pandemic.

In the News

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

Publications

"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.