Michael Bechtel is Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Environmental Policy Major, and a faculty member of the Division of Computational and Data Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. His research explores how countries can address economic and environmental risks that raise questions about inequality and redistribution. Current projects examine mass support for global climate cooperation, the politics of natural disasters, and policy responses to economic crises. His scholarly work uses original survey data, experimental designs, and causal inference techniques. Bechtel’s articles have appeared in academic journals such as American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, International Organization, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has published two books on the politics of financial markets. Bechtel’s research has been featured in media outlets such as the Financial Times, Independent, New York Times, Independent, Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and in animated movies.
Now available: Social Norms Survey Instruments
These files contain word and qualtrics versions (including Java script) of survey modules to elicit reciprocity, altruism, and inequality aversion in mass surveys:
- Give-or-Take Game Inequality Aversion Module based on Bechtel/Liesch/Scheve (2018 PNAS)
- Reciprocity and Altruism Module based on Bechtel/Scheve (2017 JEPS), Bechtel/Scheve (2013 PNAS), and Bechtel/Genovese/Scheve 2018 (BJPS)
- Time and Risk Preferences Module including Convex Time Budgets (CTB) instrument and stated-preference questions (coming soon)