My name is Renato Molina, I’m an engineer and economist specializing in environmental and resource economics. My work focuses on topics at the intersection between game theory, sustainability, and institutional settings. I currently hold a position as Assistant Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Department of Economics at the University of Miami. I am also a Faculty Scholar at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami, and a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Natural Resources at the Pontificia Universdad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile.
Broadly, my research explores the economics of natural resource extraction, conservation, and natural disasters. Some of my projects involve the role of common property regimes in the economic impact of natural disasters, the use of conservation strategies to control for competitive incentives in the commons, and establishing the cost of criminal activities in the ocean. In addition, I’m also involved in collaborative efforts studying political incentives for conservation; the economics of transboundary natural resources; the willingness to pay for hurricane forecasts; and the relationship between environmental variability, risk preferences, and institutional regimes for the extraction of renewable resources. The core of my work, however, relies on using economic insight to inform responsible policy-making for environmental and natural resources management.
In addition to my academic work, I’m actively involved in consulting activities for both the private and public sectors. My latest efforts relate to technical advice for fisheries reform, as well as technical training for managing agencies in Latin America.