The MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis provides resources and research support to faculty, students, and staff from across MSU to conduct research in the broadly defined areas of regulation and policy analysis. Our hope is that this research can help a wide array of community groups, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and others to address challenges associated with promoting economic growth and prosperity and developing effective and efficient regulation and policies.  

The mission of the MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in academic research that will further the understanding of economic regulation and policy’s impact on societal well-being.

We will achieve this mission by:

· Facilitating research, analysis, and teaching of regulatory economics as applied to agriculture, healthcare, technology, finance, natural resources, education, public safety, and other sectors.

· Leveraging the University’s geographic position and research track record to inform the public policy debate on state, regional, and national issues.

· Achieving lasting impact on undergraduate and graduate students by providing support to enable their research on relevant public policy topics.

· Enhancing the intellectual capital of MSU faculty and other universities or centers by providing research and teaching opportunities.

The group is housed in the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics. We support a wide array of programs including providing funding and support for Research Fellowships, Research Grants, Visiting Scholars, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Undergraduate Research Scholarships.  The group also hosts an annual public conference on important regulatory and policy issues, supports short workshops on regulatory issues, publishes white papers to inform lawmakers, policy advisors, and the general public on critical policy and regulatory issues, and supports research seminars to enable researchers to convey their findings to others.

The group is strongly committed to academic freedom and the free and open exchange of knowledge and ideas. Researchers supported by the initiative are expected to submit their research to high quality peer-reviewed academic journals, and to make their data, methods, and conclusions publically available.