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.  I am also the Chair-Elect of the Brewing and Enology Economics Research (BEER) section of the AAEA.

After earning my bachelor’s degree in economics at Rockhurst University in 2010, I received a master’s in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State in 2013.  My research interests largely focus on agribusiness, behavioral and experimental economics, food policy, and consumer behavior.

You can reach me at tmalone@msu.edu or via the contact form on my Curriculum Vitae page.  I’m also available most days in my office, AGH 306, in the Morrill Hall of Agriculture at Michigan State University.

“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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