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.

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 (comprised 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.


2016-2017 Visiting Scholars

We were pleased to bring five distinguished scholars to Montana State University during 2016-2017. The scholars worked with several MSU faculty members and presented findings from their cutting-edge research to students and faculty.

  • 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), who 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), who 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) who 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) who presented a research seminar on "Are Bond Ratings Informative? Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment," to faculty and students.

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.