Jason Scorse completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at UC-Berkeley in 2005 with a focus on environmental economics and policy, international development, and behavioral economics. Upon graduation, he became a full-time faculty member of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and behavioral economics. In 2009 he was promoted to the Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program, and in 2011 Professor Scorse became the Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, which provides “leadership in research, education, and analysis to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy.”
Professor Scorse has consulted for major environmental organizations, such as the Sierra Club, The Natural Conservancy, Earth Justice, and Oceana. In 2010 his book, What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Dr. Scorse holds a position on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Activities Panel and Save Our Shores’ Policy Committee, and is the MIIS faculty liaison for UC-Santa Cruz’s MARINE program.
The purpose of this course is to develop competency in economic theory as it relates to environmental issues, and the analytical skills necessary to evaluate, as well as craft, effective, efficient, and just environmental policies. We will highlight policies that influence (both directly and indirectly) the environment and natural resource use, and analyze their implications. The emphasis will be on identifying and assessing the appropriate economic tools for addressing current environmental issues. Students will learn how to “think like an economist,” which may not make for great party conversation, but is essential for conversing intelligently about the world’s major environmental problems and developing solutions.
The primary purpose of this speaker series is to introduce incoming IEP students who are pursuing the “Ocean and Coastal Resource Management” concentration to a wide range of cutting-edge interdisciplinary topics. (In order to be eligible for the CBE Summer Fellows Program students must enroll in this course—auditing is acceptable—in addition to committing to the 16 units of advanced coursework in their second year.)
The series will include topics from the local to international levels, with a focus on the policy and economic implications. Students are encouraged to use these talks as networking opportunities, catalysts for future research, and most importantly, to help focus their career goals.
The series is open to all IEP and IPM students interested in ocean and coastal issues, as well as members of the MARINE network and the larger Monterey community.
Dr. Scorse believes strongly that the innovation in public policy is in the implementation since we already have the basic theories worked out about what we need to do; the difficult part is the how. To that end, he believes a greater understanding of psychology, sociological, communication, and political economy are needed, as there is a lot of power and inertia behind the status quo. Dr. Scorse is convinced that along with shifting our energy systems away from fossil fuels to renewable sources, a shift away from animal foods towards a plant-based lifestyle is needed to achieve true sustainability.
In his spare time he longboards, cooks gourmet vegan food, and writes fiction for when he starts his new career after we’ve solved all of the world’s great environmental challenges.
PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
Dr. Scorse has been teaching at the Institute since 2004.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Books, and Book Chapters
Scorse, Jason D.; Richards, Shaun; and King, Philip (2017) “The Market Transfer Effect in the Hawaiian Longline Fishery: Why Correlation Does Not Imply Causation,” Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2.
Scorse, Jason and Trent Hodges, Chapter 8, “The Non-Market Value of Surfing and its Policy Implications,” Sustainable Surfing, Edited by Gregory Bourne and Jess Ponting, Routledge, UK, 2017. pp. 137-144.
Scorse, Jason and Judith Kildow, Chapter 11, “Economic Services and their Economic and Social Value,” Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management, Edited by Hance D. Smith, Juan Luis Suarez de Vivero, and Tundi S. Agardy, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, London UK, 2016. pp. 176-187.
Scorse, J., Reynolds, F. and A. Sackett. “The Impact of Surf Breaks on Home Prices in Santa Cruz, CA.” Tourism Economics (2015), 21(2): 409-418.
Scorse, Jason (2010). Freeing the Market to Address Climate Change. The Solutions Journal, 1(6):29-32.
Harrison, Ann and Scorse, Jason (2010). Multinationals and Anti-Sweatshop Activism. American Economic Review, 100(1): 247-273.
Harrison, Ann and Jason Scorse. (2009). Do Foreign-Owned Firms Pay More? Evidence from the Indonesian Manufacturing Sector in Labour Markets and Economic Development (Ravi Kanbur and Jan Svejnar eds.), Routledge, New York.
Scorse, Jason. (2009).Making Matters Worse. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Response, 1(1):1-6.
Harrison, Ann & Jason Scorse. (2006). Improving the Conditions of Workers? Minimum Wage Legislation and Anti-Sweatshop Activism. California Management Review. 2(48):144-160. (Also issued as a Harvard Business School case study)
Harrison, Ann & Jason Scorse. (2004). The Impact of Globalization on Compliance with Labor Standards: A Plant-Level Study in Brookings Trade Forum 2003 (Susan Collins and Dani Rodrik eds.), Brookings Institution Press, Washington D.C..
Scorse, Jason. (2001). Reflections on the Free Trade Debate. Economia Rural, 1(12):8-11
A series of international experiences taught Middlebury Institute alumna Lacey Raak MAIEP ’08 that lasting change begins at the local level, where today she is leading efforts to implement environmentally sound policies and practices in her own community on California’s Central Coast.
In order to highlight the greenest states and call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment, WalletHub compared each of the 50 states on 25 key metrics. For more insight into eco-friendliness at the household, government, and global levels, they asked several questions to a panel of environmental and economic experts including Jason Scorse, program chair of the MA in International Environmental Policy and director of the Center for the Blue Economy. Please note that this article is only available in the U.S.