Donald "Trey" Malone


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.A., Rockhurst University

Assistant Professor

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

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

517 353 4518, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

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