Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
University Distinguished Professor
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
Area of Expertise:
Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.S., Cornell University
B.A., Swarthmore College
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Scott Swinton is a University Distinguished Professor in agricultural and environmental economics. He teaches undergraduate managerial economics and graduate research design and writing. His economic research looks at agriculture as a managed ecosystem, focusing on management and policy analysis for enhanced ecosystem services. He concentrates on problems involving crop pest, pollination, and nutrient management; precision agriculture; resource conservation; bioenergy crop production; and management of risks to human health and income. Besides his work on U.S. farming, he has extensive experience with agricultural and natural resource management in Latin America and Africa. He served as President of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association during 2017-18 and on its elected Executive Board during 2012-15 and 2016-19. MSU granted him its William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty award in 2015 and named him University Distinguished Professor in 2019.
Research and Outreach Interests
- Design of incentives to induce adoption of environmentally beneficial farming technologies
- Valuation of ecosystem services linked to agriculture
- Design of sustainable bioenergy production systems
- Formulation of compelling research arguments
- Research Design and Writing in Applied Economics (AFRE 891, graduate, 2018 on)
- Economics of Decision Making in the Agri-food System (ABM 303, undergraduate, 2016, 2018 now)
- Applied Microeconomics (AFRE 900A, graduate, 2011-14).
- Agricultural Production Economics (AEC 855, graduate, 1994-98, 2000-10).
- Ecological Economics (EEP 255, undergraduate, 2007, 2009)
- Agricultural Operations Management (AEC 851, graduate, 2003-04, 2006).
- Agricultural Firm Management (AEC 851, graduate, 1993-96, 1998).
- Farm Business Management (FSM 330, undergraduate, 1991-98).
Associate chairperson for graduate study, 2011-16.