Renato Molina

Asst. Professor

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Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics - Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science

Renato Molina is an engineer and economist specializing in environmental and resource economics. His work focuses on topics at the intersection between game theory, sustainability, and institutional settings. His current research explores the role of property rights in the economic impact of natural disasters, the use of conservation for strategies to control for competitive incentives in the commons, and how global trade is affected by criminal activities in the ocean. In addition, he is also involved in collaborative efforts studying political incentives for conservation; the use of marine resources for food security; and the relationship between environmental variability, risk preferences, and institutional regimes for the extraction of renewable resources. The core of his work, however, relies on using economic insight to inform responsible policymaking for environmental and natural resources management.

In addition to his academic work, professor Molina is actively involved in consulting activities for both the private and public sectors. His latest efforts relate to technical advice for fisheries reform, as well as technical training for managing agencies in Latin America.



2009B.S. Fisheries Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
2010 Professional Degree of Aquaculture Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
2013M.Sc. Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
2015 Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara
2018Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara