Trey Malone

Trey Malone
Telephone: 517 353 4518

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Assistant Professor

446 W. Circle, Dr., Rm 306 Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing MI 48824


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.A., Rockhurst 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 behavioral economics and primary data analysis to study the American beer market. 

Trey has won multiple research awards, including 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 is the Chair-Elect of the Brewing & Enology Economic Research Section of AAEA and is the faculty advisor of the AAEA Graduate Student Section.  His current research interests include behavioral/experimental economics, informal institutions, and food policy, with particular emphasis on applications most relevant for stakeholders and agribusinesses.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Consumer and Producer Decision-Making
  • Choice Modeling
  • Food Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Agribusiness Management

Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching experience at Oklahoma State University:
    • AGEC 5233: Primary Data Analysis
  • Teaching experience at Oklahoma City Community College

  • ECON 2143: Principles of Macroeconomics


  • ECON 1013: Introduction to Economics
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