Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Michigan State University
Trey Malone joined the MSU AFRE faculty in 2017 as an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, and is appointed in the tenure system. A native of Kansas, Trey earned his undergraduate degree from Rockhurst University. He commenced his graduate education at Oklahoma State University, where his master’s thesis developed economic modeling approaches for local foods systems. Trey also interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City during his master’s degree. Under the advisement of Jayson L. Lusk, his PhD dissertation used the American beer market to test behavioral and experimental economic principles.
Trey has won multiple research awards, including the Outstanding Poster Award of the Land, Water, and Environmental Economics Section as well as the Graduate Student Paper Competition for the Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Another of his research articles was selected by the editorial board of the Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy as its Outstanding Paper of 2016. He has served in multiple leadership roles, including as Chair of the Brewing & Enology Economic Research Section of AAEA and Chair of the Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section of AAEA.
Trey’s extension program is titled “Behavioral Insights for Agri-Food Supply Chains” and focuses on applying lessons from behavioral economics to increase agricultural productivity and efficiency. His extension work has been featured at events such as the Great Lakes EXPO and the Great Lakes Hops and Barley Conference. If Trey isn’t in his office, he is likely exploring Michigan while he meets with stakeholders across the state.
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