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MARIANO TORRAS

PROFESSOR

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

HAGEDORN HALL OF ENTERPRISE
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Diplomas/Degrees

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2000)
BS, New York University (1998)
MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1995)
MA, Fordham University (1993)

Recent Courses

Micro Economic Analysis
The Price System

Personal Statement

As a child I was fascinated with how the world works (and doesn't!) but was not further stimulated on related subjects while in school. Only after graduating college (as a finance major) did I begin to appreciate how economics is fundamental to pretty much all of the world's issues and problems, and started to get into it more through heavy reading, culminating in my pursuit of graduate study -- first in the social sciences then in economics proper. My research is primarily in the area of environmental economics and measurement, and I have been teaching at Adelphi since 1999. My free time is absorbed by playing chess and being with my three beloved children (though not necessarily in that order).

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Research: ecological economics, development, institutional economics, political economy, leisure studies

Teaching: development, environmental economics, history of economic thought, systems of political economy, price system, national economy

Research Interests

My research is in the areas of well-being assessment, environmental and natural resource accounting, dematerialization trends, and links between power inequality and health outcomes (as well as other socioeconomic variables). Most recently I am working a contemporary reassessment of the insights of E.F. Schumacher, and their relevance to future policy -- especially regarding the environment.

Grants/Sponsored Research

- Bender Research Award for article entitled “The Subjectivity Inherent in Objective Measures of Well-Being,” (published in 2008 in the Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 9, no. 4), 2009 ($1,500).

- Bender Research Award for article entitled “Reconceptualizing Value Creation with Limited Resources,” (published in 2008 in the Journal of Technology Management and Innovation, vol. 3, no. 3), 2009 ($1,500).

- Bender Research Award for Body of Work, spanning 2004 and 2006. Award ($18,000) for the years 2007-2009.

- Bender Research Award for article entitled “The Impact of Power Equality, Income, and the Environment on Human Health: Some Inter-Country Comparisons,” (published in 2006 in International Review of Applied Economics, vol. 20, no. 1), 2007 ($1,500).

- Horace Hagedorn Foundation. Investigator on proposal to estimate the economic impact of the immigrant population on Long Island, 2007 ($47,700).

- Bender Research Award for article entitled “Income and Power Inequality as Determinants of Environmental and Health Outcomes: Some Findings” (published in 2005 in Social Science Quarterly, 86, special issue), 2007 ($1,500).

- Horace Hagedorn Foundation. Investigator on proposal to estimate the economic impact of the Hispanic population and undocumented immigrant workers on Long Island, 2006 ($32,300).

-City University of New York, Investigator on proposal to study economic effects of El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), 2005 ($39,000).

-Adelphi University Faculty Development Award, 2002 ($2,700).

-Adelphi University Faculty Development Award, 2001 ($1,428).

-Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 1996 ($1,500).

-National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Fellow, 1992-1995 ($3900).

-Christina Seix Dow Fellowship, 1992-1993 ($6,000).

Books

Torras, M. (2003). Welfare, Inequality, and Resource Depletion: A Reassessment of Brazilian Economic Growth, 1965-1998. Aldershot & Burlington, United Kingdom: Ashgate Press.


Book Chapters

Hazy, J., S. Moskalev, and M. Torras (2009). Mechanisms of Social Value Creation: A Complexity Science Perspective on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In J. Goldstein, J. Hazy, and J. Silberstang (Eds.). Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship: Adding Social Value Through Systems Thinking. (pp. 257-281). Litchfield Park, AZ: ISCE Publishing.

Torras, M. (2009). Social Entrepreneurship, Social Value, and the Environmental “Big Push”: Some Remarks. In J. Goldstein, J. Hazy, and J. Silberstang (Eds.). Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship: Adding Social Value Through Systems Thinking. (pp. 215-229). Litchfield Park, AZ: ISCE Publishing.

Torras, M., and J.K. Boyce (2002). Rethinking the Environmental Kuznets Curve. In J.K. Boyce (Eds.). The Political Economy of the Environment. (pp. 47-66). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.


Refereed Articles

Hazy, J., S. Moskalev, and M. Torras (2010), Mechanisms of Social Value Creation: A Dynamical Systems Perspective on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. International Journal of Society Systems Science, 2, 134-157.

Torras, M. (2010), Los Costes Encubiertos del Cuidado de los Niños. Psicopatología y Salud Mental en niños y adolescents (Psychopathology and Mental Health of Children and Adolescents), Forthcoming.

Hazy, J., S. Moskalev, and M. Torras (2010), Technology Leverage and Sustainable Society Systems: A Call for Technology Forecasting that Anticipates Innovation. International Journal of Society Systems Science, Forthcoming.

Torras, M., S. Moskalev, J. Hazy, A. Ashley (2010), An Econometric Analysis of Ecological Footprint and Ecological Deficit Determinants: Implications for Sustainability. International Journal of Society Systems Science, Forthcoming.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Mariano Torras (2010, May). Ethics of Economics and Ecology. Ethical Humanist Society, Garden City, NY.

Mariano Torras (2010, May). On the Usefulness of the Social Value Concept. International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, and Complexity.

Mariano Torras (2010, April). Economic Benefits of Immigrant Population. Touro College, Central Islip, NY.

Mariano Torras (2010, April). Economic Development and Social Value. International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, and Complexity.

Mariano Torras (2008, October). Economic Benefits of Immigrant Population. Center for Social Innovation, Adelphi University.

Mariano Torras (2008, May). Economic Benefits of Immigrant Population. Forum on Immigration, Adelphi University.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Mariano Torras (2010). On the Usefulness of the Social Value Concept. In International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, and Complexity. Adelphi University.

Mariano Torras (2008). Economic Benefits of Immigrant Population. In Hispanic Business Development Conference. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Hemstead, NY.

Mariano Torras (2008). Economic Development and Social Value. In International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, and Complexity. Adelphi University.

Mariano Torras (2007). The Economic Impact of the Hispanic Population on Long Island, New York. In Somos el Futuro, Conference of the Hispanic Federation. Long Island, NY.

Mariano Torras (2006). The Political Economy of Contemporary Redistribution: Towards a Comprehensive Theoretical Model. In European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy. Istanbul, Turkey.

Mariano Torras and Curtis Skinner (2006). Kirchner, Lula, Chávez: The Political Economy of Contemporary Redistribution. In Latin American Studies Association International Congress. San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Torras, M. (2008), The Subjectivity Inherent in Objective Measures of Well-Being, Journal of Happiness Studies 9(4): 475-487.

Hazy, J., Torras, M., and Ashley, A. (2008), Reconceptualizing Value Creation with Limited Resources, Journal of Technology Management and Innovation 3(3): 45-54.

Surie, G., and Torras, M. (2007), The Co evolution of Technology and Entrepreneurship: Lessons for Development from India and Korea, International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship 1(2): 183-206.

Torras, M. (2007), Environmental Damage and its Impacts on Inequality and Poverty: A Comparison of Brazil and Costa Rica, Journal of Income Distribution 16(2): 68-82.

Torras, M. (2005), Ecological Inequality in Assessing Well-Being: Some Applications, forthcoming in Policy Sciences.

Torras, M. (2005), The Impact of Power Equality, Income, and the Environment on Human Health: Some Inter-Country Comparisons, International Review of Applied Economics 20(1): 1-20.

Torras, M. (2005), Income and Power Inequality as Determinants of Environmental and Health Outcomes: Some Findings, Social Science Quarterly 86(S): 1354-1373.

Torras, M. (2005), The Impact of Ecological Inequality on National Well-Being: The Case of Brazil, 1965-1998, International Journal of Political Economy 34(1): 75-93.

Torras, M. (2005), Political Ecology: Global, Historical, and Economic Perspectives—An Introduction, International Journal of Political Economy 34(1): 3-12.

Torras, M. (2003), El Impacto de la Mala Distribución Ecológica en Relación al Bienestar Nacional: El Caso de Brasil, 1965-1998, Problemas del Desarrollo 34(134): 109-125

Torras, M. (2003), An Ecological Footprint Approach to External Debt Relief, World Development 31(12): 2161-2171.

Torras, M. (2003), Global Structural Change and its De-materialization Implications, International Journal of Social Economics 30(6): 700-719.

Torras, M. (2002), Environmental Damage and the Mismeasure of Poverty and Inequality: Applications to Indonesia and the Philippines, Asian Development Review 19(2): 90-103.

Torras, M. (2001), Welfare Accounting And The Environment: Reassessing Brazilian Economic Growth,1965-1993, Development and Change 32(2): 205-229.

Torras, M. (2000), Sustainability or Natural Capital ‘Disinvestment?’ A Retrospective on Brazilian Development, 1965-1993, Estudos Econômicos 30(3): 351-375.

Torras, M. (2000), The Total Economic Value of Amazonian Deforestation, 1978-1993, Ecological Economics 33(2): 283-297.

Torras, M. (1999), Inequality, Resource Depletion, And Welfare Accounting: Applications to Indonesia and Costa Rica, World Development 27(7): 1191-1202.

Torras, M., and J.K. Boyce (1998), Income, Inequality, and Pollution: AReassessment of the Environmental Kuznets Curve, Ecological Economics 25(2):147-160.

Torras, M. (1998), Development Projects and Resource Depletion, Politica Internazionale 5 (Sept-Oct): 61-75.

Honors and Accomplishments

-Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas, Maestro Jesús Silva Herzog award for best article of the year in Problemas del Desarrollo, 2004 (M$30,000)

-University of Massachusetts Fellowship, 1993-1994 ($6,000)

-Presidential Scholarship, 1991-1993 ($7,500)

-NYU Founders Day Award, 1988

-NYU Student-Athlete Achievement Award, 1988

Professional Activities

-Guest editor of a symposium of Political Ecology for the International Journal of Political Economy.

- External Reviewer in tenure case for Bard College

-Manuscript Reviewer for:
Ecological Economics, Development and Change, World Development, Journal of Peace Research, Social Science Quarterly, International Journal of Society Systems Science, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Environmental Informatics, and Journal of Environment and Development

-Reviewer of textbooks for:
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Addison Wesley, Inc., Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

-Reviewer of Grant Proposals for:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Community and Corporate Leadership

BROOKLYN FREE SCHOOL, Inc. (www.brooklynfreeschool.org)
Founding member
Treasurer, Chief Administrator and Trustee, 2004 to present
Volunteer Instructor in the areas of Economics, Math, Chess, and Spanish

CENTER FOR POPULAR ECONOMICS
Consultant and Staff Economist, 1995 to 2000