Dr. Trey Malone

About Me


I am an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  I hold a doctorate from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and was a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center.  My job market paper titled, “The Excessive Choice Effect Meets the Market: Experiments on Craft Beer Choice” won the Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting.  Another paper titled, “Brewing up Entrepreneurship: Government Intervention in Craft Beer” was selected as the Outstanding Article of 2017 by the editorial board of the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

My research interests largely focus on agribusiness, behavioral and experimental economics, food policy, and consumer behavior.  I have published dozens of academic articles in journals including Economic Inquiry, Journal of Behavioral & Experimental Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, and Agriculture & Human Values.  My work has been featured in popular press outlets including the Washington Post, VICE, Popular Science, and New York Magazine.  I have served in multiple leadership roles for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, including as Chair of the Brewing & Enology Economic Research Section and Chair of the Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section.

My 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.  I have presented my extension work at events such as the Great Lakes EXPO and the Great Lakes Hops and Barley Conference. If I’m not in my office, I’m probably exploring Michigan while I meet with stakeholders across the state.

You can reach me at tmalone@msu.edu, connect with me via Twitter,or via the contact form on my Curriculum Vitae page.

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – Friedrich August von Hayek

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” – James Madison

“Adventure is simply a romantic word for trouble.” – Louis L’Amour.

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