We host (and provide support for others to host) visiting scholars for both short- and long-term visits to conduct research with MSU faculty and students, present seminars or workshops related to the research, and participate in other activities related to our mission. Long-term support is available for faculty to visit the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics during the summer or for those on sabbatical during the academic year. Short-term support is available for faculty to visit departments across MSU for two weeks or less, either during summer or during the academic year. Visiting scholars supported by the initiative are expected to devote a significant amount of their time and resources during their visit to work related to the initiative's mission.

The selection of long-term visiting scholars for semester- or academic-year appointments occurs after advertising these positions widely in national, local, and regional outlets (including Job Openings for Economists, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other outlets) and following usual MSU and Board of Regents policies and procedures. 

Proposals from MSU faculty members interested in hosting visiting scholars for short-term visits will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Visiting Scholars Selection Committee (composed of the Co-Directors and Research Fellows). Requests to host visiting scholars should include a description of the proposed scholar's activities during their visit, a summary of the expected research outcomes resulting from the visit (including potential journal outlets for the research), and a budget for the visit.

2019-2020 Visiting Research Scholar in Economics Job Posting


Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Gary Brester

Gary Brester

Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics and Economics


Long-term Visiting Scholars

krishna regmi

2018-2019 Visiting Scholar

Krishna Regmi

Instructor, Economics, Finance, & Legal Studies, University of Alabama 


Krishna Regmi, of Alabama University, is spending the 2018-19 academic year as a Visiting Research Scholar with the Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economics. He is an Instructor of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies at the University of Alabama 

He received his M.A. from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. from Lehigh University

Krishna Regmi's primary research interests are in the areas of labor economics, and applied econometrics. Dr. Regmi has published his research papers in academic journals such as B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Journal of Policy Modeling, and LABOUR. Dr Regmi's research has been featured in media, including the Wall Street Journal. 

Regmi will work with DAEE and other MSU faculty on the analysis of U.S. public policies and regulations that affect labor market outcomes and educational attainment including unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, teacher salaries and maternity leave policies.

Firat Bilgel

2017-2018 Visiting Scholar

Firat Bilgel

Associate Professor of Economics, Okan University Tuzla Campus, Istanbul, Turkey

Firat Bilgel, of Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey, spent the 2017-18 academic year as a Visiting Research Scholar with the Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economics. 

Dr. Bilgel is an Associate Professor of Economics at Okan University Tuzla Campus in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a B.A. degree in Business Economics from Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey and a M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. degree in Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Additionally, Dr. Bilgel has two years of field experience in competition, strategic consultancy and antitrust advocacy in litigations brought by the Turkish Competition Authority, where he served as an economic consultant in cases of abuse of market dominance, price-squeezing and cartel offences in the automotive, telecommunication, cement, iron and steel industries.

Bilgel's research focused on the geographic variation in the supply of organ donors and access to transplantation in the United States.

As a visiting scholar at MSU through June 2018, his work expanded research capacity and faculty and student understanding in the areas of health economics and regulatory economics. His expertise in the area of synthetic control research methodology will facilitate the expansion of research in the DAEE as this method is increasingly being used in public policy and regulation analysis.


Short-term Visiting Scholars

  •  Professor Jeremy Goh  (Singapore Management University) will work on three related research projects with two main MSU co-authors, Dr. Gary Caton and Dr. Lisa Yang of the Jake Jabs College College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He also developed further projects with other MSU scholars. His research activities included informal workshops and brainstorm sessions. Dr. Goh isa co-authoron the “trilogy” of credit rating agencies and the regulatory regime changes with Drs.Caton and Yang. The “trilogy” has three chapters,which are tentatively titled,“The Unintentional Consequences of Regulatory Regime Changes: Insider Trading Activities Surrounding Bond Rating Changes” (with Drs. Caton and Yang); "AreCredit Ratings Informative? Evidence from Regulatory Regime Changes” (with Drs. Louis Ederington, Yenteik Lee and Yang); and “The Informational Effect of the Dodd-Frank Act” (with Drs. Caton, Lee, and Yang).
  • Jason Lindo (Texas A&M University) will work with Dr. Isaac Swensen, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, to organize a workshop titled, "Econonmic Perspectives on Reproductive Health Policies." The goal is to communicate their research on these topics to individuals who are well positioned to infuence policy in Montana. Workshop presenters include Kasey Buckles of Notre Dame University, Melanie Guldi of University of Central Florida, Lindo and Swensen. In addition to the workshop, Dr. Lindo and Dr. Swensen will continue ongoing research focused on "Is Interpersonal Violence Contagious," analyzing the effect of viewing real-life violence on violent crime reports using variation in the exact timing of UFC events.
  • Michael McCullough (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) will work with Dr. Gary Brester, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, on a research project titled, "A Decade of Chaqnge: Evolving Costs of Regulatory Compliance in the Produce Industry," an expansion of a 2006 case study that examines the impacts of increasing costs faced by California farms.
  • Lynn Hamilton  (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) will work with Dr. Gary Brester, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, on a research project titled, "A Decade of Chaqnge: Evolving Costs of Regulatory Compliance in the Produce Industry," an expansion of a 2006 case study that examines the impacts of increasing costs faced by California farms.
  • William Megginson (University of Oklahoma) will work with Dr. Lisa Yang of the Jake Jabs College College of Business and Entrepreneurship. His research has focused on the privatization of state-owned enterprises, sovereign wealth fund investments, energy finance and investing banking principles and practices.
  • Dr. Dan Rees (University of Colorado Denver) will work closely with MSU scholar Mark Anderson, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, and others on a research project titled, "Public Health Efforts and the Urban Mortality Transition," that will assess the effectiveness of regulations and policies intended to combat infectious diseases at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Dr. Dominic Parker, (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is working with MSU scholar Randal Rucker, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, on a research project focused on taxi medallion markets and the impacts of Uber on medallion value, and is a co-author on the manuscript being prepared for submission to a professional journal.
  • Dr. Stephanie Mercier, independent agricultural consultant and former chief economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee, gave a seminar in September to the department titled, “The Farm Bill Policy Process.” She and Dr. Vincent Smith worked on a paper titled, “Cargo Preference and the Cost of Food Aid,” which is currently under review at Applied Economic Policy and Perspectives. Mercier’s work on agricultural policy has received widespread national recognition for its excellence. She recently received the 2017 AAEA Award for the Outstanding Article published in Choices for her research on the interaction between the policy process and US agricultural policy.
  • Professor John Siegfried (Vanderbilt University) who presented a research seminar on "Economics of NCAA Regulations," to students and faculty and presented "Better Living through Economics," (a book of essays by leading economists that summarizes the positive impact of economics research on a wide array of outcomes) to Dr. Stock's ECNS 251: Honors Economics class.

  • Professor Jon Skinner (Dartmouth University), presented a research seminar on "The Health Benefits of Medicare Expenditures: Evidence from the Healthcare Cost Slowdown," to faculty and students.

  • Professor Jason Lindo (Texas A&M University), presented a research seminar on "How Much Can Expanding Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Reduce Teen Birth Rates?" to faculty and students.

  • Professor Todd Kuethe  (University Illinois) presented a research seminar on "A disequilibrium evaluation of public intervention in agricultural credit markets," to faculty and students.

  • Professor Jeremy Goh  (Singapore Management University) presented a research seminar on "Are Bond Ratings Informative? Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment," to faculty and students.
  • Mr. James Banovetz, a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was a visiting scholar in July 2017. He is working with Research Fellow Randy Rucker on a study of the impact of Montana liquor licensing regulations on the Montana hospitality sector, a sector closely linked to Montana’s tourism industry, which is the fourth largest sector of the Montana economy. A working paper, submission of the research paper to a high quality peer reviewed journal, and an informational op-ed are anticipated outputs from this visit.