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Dr. Michael Scott

Principal Economist and Senior Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Ret.) and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2007)
Richland, Washington, USA

Michael J. Scott

Michael Scott is a retired principal economist and Senior Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory in Richland, Washington.  A native of Pullman, Washington, he received a Bachelor degree in economics from Washington State University and the WSU Honors Program (now, Honors College) in 1970.  He received an MA degree in Economics in 1971 and a PhD in Economics in 1975 from the University of Washington.  His doctoral dissertation dealt with the organization of oil fields in the U.S. between 1869 and the mid-1970s and consequences of state and industry attempts to limit oil production through “conservation regulations.”

From 1975 until 1980, Mike was a research Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Institute of Social and Economic Research in Anchorage.  He was a major contributor to the development of the Man in the Arctic Program econometric model of the Alaskan economy, funded by the National Science Foundation.  His research in Alaska included the economic impacts of oil and gas development, electric power demand and supply, financial modeling of state and local government, development of the Alaska Permanent Fund, interregional cost differentials in the state, demand for recreational activity, and the founding of a U.S.-based trawl fishery in waters surrounding the state.

In 1980, Mike moved to PNNL, where he worked for nearly 36 years. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, including electric power demand and supply in Alaska, Texas, the Pacific Northwest and the former Soviet Union, demand for depot-level repair and supply for the Army, commercialization of compact fluorescent light bulbs, and cyber security.  From about 1990, Mike became a key PNNL resource for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on socioeconomic and environmental justice impacts of nuclear facilities.  He wrote environmental review guidance for NRC and worked directly on 17 licensing, relicensing, and decommissioning projects.  Beginning in the late 1980s, Mike worked on the socioeconomic impacts of climate change in the subject areas of water availability and fisheries, agriculture, building energy demand, and human settlements.  He was a Convening Lead Author for human settlements impacts in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II for the 2nd (1995) and 3rd (2001) Assessment Reports, a Lead Author on the 4th Assessment Report (2007), and also contributed to the 1st Assessment (1990 and 1992).  The IPCC won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  From 2007 until his final retirement in 2015, Mike led economics work for PNNL supporting the DOE Office of Building Technology Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, leading analyses and drafting components of DOE energy efficiency regulations.  He is a lead or credited author of 300 journal articles, PNNL and government reports, and professional presentations.

Mike has been married to Patricia Scott (Daly) for over 42years.  They have four children–Daniel (WSU, BS Computer Science 2000), Robert (WSU, BS Chemical Engineering and Honors 2005), Rebecca (WSU, BA Interior Design and Honors, 2008; UW, MS Human-Centered Design and Engineering 2016), and Susan (WSU, BA Psychology and Honors 2009; Northwestern University, MS Predictive Analytics 2017)–and four grandchildren.  Mike coached soccer for 14 years and refereed for 9 years, used to run 10K races, currently sings tenor in a symphonic choir, and plays guitar and sings folk music.