Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Jason Scorse

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Jason Scorse 2017
Job Title
Director, Center for the Blue Economy; Program Chair, International Environmental Policy; Associate Professor
K23 Craig

I am passionate about: Living sustainably, not just preaching/teaching it.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: Seeing the amazing things our students are doing around the world. It is truly inspiring. I am always happy to talk with prospective, current, and former students by phone, skype, or in person. Please email me to set up an appointment.


Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Behavioral Economics, International Economics & Development

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Recent Accomplishments

Professor Scorse's major accomplishment over the past year was to help launch the Center for the Blue Economy's (CBE) new research initiatives in coastal climate change adaption, and to hire the Center's first Research Director, Charles Colgan. The CBE also just launched the new Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (JOCE), which is set to be the leader in this growing field.

Dr. Scorse is currently spending almost all of his time building the new Center, and increasing its partnerships across the world. The CBE recently entered into a cooperative agreement with The Nature Conservancy to pursue joint research projects over the next few years, and our partnerships with the Chinese National Marine Data Center and the Korean Maritime Institute continue to grow. The CBE is on strong financial footing and poised to grow in the coming years.


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

In the News

Scorse, Jason. "Cheap Gas Hurts the Middle Class." Fortune 6 December 2012.

Scorse, Jason (and Judy Kildow). “End Federal Flood Insurance.” The New York Times 28 November 2012.

Thomas, Gregory. "Surfonomics quantifies the worth of waves." The Washington Post 24 August 2012.

Scorse, Jason. "My Word: Must never take coast's economic value for granted." Oakland Tribune 10 July 2012.


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

Scorse, Jason (2010). PDF IconFreeing 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

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 (coauthored with Wolfram Schlenker), 2012.

PDF IconEnvironmental Policy and the Social Contract, 2012.

PDF IconThe WTO's Environmental Mandate, 2011.

PDF IconThe Capitalist Conundrum, 2010.

Moving Beyond the Stale "Environment vs. Economy" Debate, 2010

PDF IconBook review of Economic Thought and U.S. Climate Change Policy. Edited by David M. Driesen. Cambridge, MA. MIT Press, 2010.

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

PDF IconWhy Environmentalists Should Embrace Economics, 2006.

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.

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