Scott M. Swinton
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.S., Cornell University
B.A., Swarthmore College
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
Scott Swinton is a tenured professor and associate chairperson of AFRE. He is an agricultural and environmental economist who teaches applied microeconomics and coordinates the Department’s graduate program. In 2015, he received MSU’s William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty award.
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 bioenergy crop production, crop pest and nutrient management, precision agriculture, resource conservation, 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.
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
- Environmental economic impact analysis