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, Dr. Malone earned his undergraduate degree from Rockhurst University. He commenced his graduate education at Oklahoma State University under the advisement of Jayson L. Lusk, where his PhD dissertation used the American beer market to explore the underlying principles of behavioral and experimental economics.
Dr. Malone has won multiple research awards and has published dozens of academic articles in journals including Economic Inquiry, Journal of Behavioral & Experimental Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, and Agriculture & Human Values. His work has been featured in popular press outlets including the Washington Post, VICE, Popular Science, and New York Magazine. He has 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.
Dr. Malone’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. He has presented his extension work at events such as the Great Lakes EXPO and the Great Lakes Hops and Barley Conference. If Dr. Malone isn’t in his office, he is likely exploring Michigan while he meets with stakeholders across the state.