Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Jason Scorse

Associate Professor, Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program

Jason Scorse received his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from UC-Berkeley in 2005. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program. Dr. Scorse has consulted for numerous environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, and he is currently the Lead Non-Market Economist for the National Ocean Economics Program. He has published articles in American Economic Review, California Management Review, and for books published by the Brookings Institution and Routledge Press. His book, What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics, was released in 2010. Dr. Scorse also sits on the board of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Activities Panel and The Otter Project. In addition to his scholarly work and consulting, he writes for the Grist blog and the Environmental Economics blog.

Watch Dr. Scorse's Sustainability Speakers Series talk addressing themes from his new book:


Environmental and natural resource economics, international economics, behavioral economics, environmental policy, econometrics and statistics


Ph.D. UC-Berkeley, M.S. UC-Berkeley; M.S. UC-Santa Cruz; B.A. UC-Santa Cruz


Scorse, Jason. What Environmentalists Need to Know about Economics. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010.

Scorse, Jason (2010). Freeing the Market to Address Climate Change. The Solutions Journal,1(6):29-32.

Harrison, Ann, and Scorse, Jason. (2010). PDF IconMultinationals and Anti-sweatshop Activism, American Economic Review, 100(1): 247–273.

Scorse, Jason. (2009) PDF iconNon-Market Valuation of Ocean Resources in the National Ocean Economics Report (Judy Kildow ed.), National Ocean Economics Program, Moss Landing, CA.

Harrison, Ann & Scorse, Jason. (2009). PDF IconDo Foreign Firms Pay More? Evidence from the Indonesian Manufacturing Sector in Labour Markets and Economic Development, (Ravi Kanbur and Jan Svejnar eds.), Routledge Press, New York.

Scorse, Jason. (2009). PDF IconMaking Matters Worse. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Response, 1(1):1-6 PDF Icon中文

Strong-Cvetich, Nikolas and Scorse, Jason. (2008). PDF IconEcotourism in Post-Conflict Peace-Building: A New Tool for Reconciliation?Ecoclub: International Ecotourism Magazine, 8 (96):10-17.

Harrison, Ann & Jason Scorse. (2006). PDF IconImproving 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 & Scorse, Jason. 2004.

Harrison, Ann & Jason Scorse. (2004). PDF IconThe 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.

Working Papers

PDF IconDoes Being a "Top 10" Worst Polluter Affect Facility Environmental Releases? Evidence from the U.S. Toxic Release Inventory, 2007. (Revised and resubmitted to Journal of Environmental Economics and Management)

PDF IconWhy Environmentalists Should Embrace Economics, 2006. PDF Icon中文

PDF IconDo Foreign Firms Pay More? Evidence from the Indonesian Manufacturing Sector 1990-1999. International Labor Organization, Working Paper No. 98, 2005 (coauthored with Ann Harrison and submitted).

Is There Acquiescence in Yes-No Questions?(coauthored with Michael Hanemann & Jon Krosnick), 2005.

Harrison, Ann & Jason Scorse. 2004. Moving Up or Moving Out? Anti-Sweatshop Activists and Labor Market Outcomes, National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. w10492.

Course List

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IEPG 8542 - Envirn & Natural Resource Econ      

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.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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IEPG 8634 - NavigatingWickedMarineProblems      


The main objective of this course is to expose students to skills and techniques relevant for carrying out a substantive original multidisciplinary research project with a focus on human adaptation to the coastal impacts of climate change. During the seminar, we will explore coastal hazards, socioeconomic characteristics, and vulnerability of coastal communities to the impacts of climate change, as well as relevant adaptation alternatives. Additionally, this course will give participants an opportunity to further develop their communication, presentation and technical skills.

The course will be divided into three parts. The first part will focus on personal and technical skills relevant to multidisciplinary research. The second part will include an overview of climate concepts and review of the latest scientific findings related to climate change - i.e. the latest assessment report from the International Government panel on climate change (IPCC AR5). The third part of the seminar will focus on socioeconomic vulnerability and relevant coastal adaptation actions. Groups of students will develop a basic assessment of climate change impacts, review adaptation alternatives for a chosen coastal region, and present their findings to the class.

This course will include hands-on, experiential, collaborative learning and research activity. Students will learn to locate and summarize existing scientific literature and relevant data, and effectively present their work. Students will be introduced to the world of multidisciplinary research and receive an overview of technical tools required to carry out cutting edge research. Finally, the group project presentations during the final week of the course will give students an opportunity to develop and practice their presentations skills. This is an ideal course for students who are interested in interdisciplinary research, climate change, coastal hazards and related issues.

Spring 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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IEPG 8648 / IPMG 9648 / DPPG 9648 - SoclInovatnLab:BhvrDsgnFoodOps      

Food choices have huge social and environmental impacts, and yet they are very difficult to modify due to the strong inertia of habit, culture, and taste, not to mention the tremendous power of food marketing and lobbying. But these choices are malleable, and change in the direction of healthier foods that require fewer resources to produce can lead to profound improvements in overall human well-being. This course will engage students in the theories of behavior design applied to food choices. Students will run experiments to test different approaches, with an emphasis on multiple events during Earth Week in late April. The course is open to all MIIS students with no prerequisites.

Spring 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term, Spring 2016 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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IEPG 8663 / DPPG 9663 - Ocean & Coastal Economics      

The purpose of this course is to develop advanced economic skills applied to development and resource issues in the world’s oceans and coasts. The course will focus heavily on analytical and data-driven techniques that can help illuminate the costs and benefits of various policies in the ocean and coastal zones, using a variety of metrics, and incorporating environmental and social values. The course will be divided into two parts: Market economics and coastal planning with Prof. DePaolis and non-market economics with Prof. Scorse.

Student participation in both of these sections will be high, involving many in-class assignments, lab sessions, and extended discussions. Students will be expected to engage in original data collection, analysis, and research. This is an intensive course geared for people who want to pursue careers in marine-related fields, although the topics are more broadly applicable to a range of conservation and development-related careers.

GIS is recommended.

Spring 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS

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IEPG 8666 - OCRM Speaker Series      

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.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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