O: HRI 210B
P: (361) 825-2966
F: (361) 825-2050
Job title: Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics
Education: Ph.D., Economics, Texas Tech University (1997)
M.A., Economics, Texas Tech University (1994)
B.S., Economics and Finance, Bentley College (1990)
Expertise: Dr. Yoskowitz brings the economic perspective to issues that impact the Gulf of Mexico region. His work helps to model the socio-economic implications of resource utilization. By looking at the economic impact of sea level rise, ecosystem services, the economics of water, and sustainable development, we can determine the productive value of the Gulf of Mexico. Connecting our human behaviors with socio-economic benefits of irreplaceable natural resources adds a dimension of value to science.
Additional Activities: His field work studying the economics of microfinance in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, and Nicaragua offered an added dimension to his research. He applies this "hands on" philosophy to his current efforts in environmental and ecological economics, ecosystem services, and regional economics, and brings it together in the classroom for his students in managerial and environmental economics.
Research Focus and Interests: Adding the socio-economic discipline complements the Harte Model by bringing the research cycle full circle. Current research related to inventorying and valuing ecosystem services in the coastal zone of the Gulf of Mexico provides context to the decision making process. Sea level rise and available fresh water inflows to bays and estuaries have startling yet sensitive implications. Through effective modeling the effects of taking action or failing to do so can be candidly considered.
Selected Publications: Dr. Yoskowitz continues to leverage the data developed through his studies to provide the economic perspective to the decision making process.
Jordan, S., S. Hayes, D. Yoskowitz, L. Smith, J. Summers, M. Russell, and W. Benson. 2010. Accounting for natural resources and environmental sustainability: Linking ecosystem services to human well-being. Environmental Science & Technology 44:1530-1536.
Pisani, M.J. and D.W. Yoskowitz. 2010. The Efficacy of Microfinance and the Sectoral Level: Urban Pulperias in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology Vol. 9, No. 3/4.
D. Yoskowitz and P. Montagna. 2009. Socio-economic factors that impact the desire to protect freshwater flow in the Rio Grande, USA. Ecosystems and Sustainable Development VII. Edited by C.A. Brebbia and E.Tiezzi. WIT Press.
D. Yoskowitz. 2009. The Productive Value of the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico-Origins, Waters, and Biota: Volume 2, Ocean and Coastal Economy edited by James Cato.
D. Yoskowitz and M. Pisani. 2007. Risk and reward: Currency Substitution and Acceptance of the Mexican Peso by Firms in the United States Southern Frontier. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 47:3.
M. Pisani and D. Yoskowitz. 2004. Microcredit and micro and small enterprise development in Belize, Central America: A qualitative study of the Small Farmers and Business Bank Ltd. Latin American Business Review, 5:1.
D. Yoskowitz. 2002. Price dispersion and price discrimination: Empirical evidence from a spot market for water. Review of Industrial Organization, 20:3.
D. Yoskowitz. 2001. Markets, mechanisms, institutions, and the future of water. Environmental Law Reporter, 31:1.
D. Yoskowitz. 1999. Spot market for water along the Rio Grande: Opportunities for water management. Natural Resources Journal, 39:2.