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Dr. Edward Timmons

  • Edward Timmons

    Position: Professor of Economics

    Department: Business Administration, Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, Francis Worldwide

    Office: Schwab Hall 314

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    About Dr. Edward Timmons


    • B.S., Lebanon Valley College
    • M.S., Lehigh University
    • Ph.D., Lehigh University


    Dr. Edward Timmons (Professor of Economics and Director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University) is one of the world's leading scholars on the effects of occupational regulation.

    His research has been published in The Journal of Law and Economics, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, The Journal of Labor ResearchMonthly Labor ReviewCato JournalHealth Policy,  Eastern Economic Journal, and the European Journal of Comparative Economics. He has published several policy pieces for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and has also contributed several op-eds to US News & World ReportHarvard Business Review, the Philadelphia InquirerDallas Morning NewsDetroit NewsUSA Today, the Tampa Bay Times, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and Nashville's Tennessean.

    His research has been cited in other scholarly journals, the popular press, by the White House, and in a Senate hearing on occupational regulation. Dr. Timmons has presented his research across the United States and in the United Kingdom and Italy. He has worked as a visiting research fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri, Italy. He is a member of the board of policy advisors for the Heartland Institute, a senior affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a visiting research fellow with the Badger Institute. Dr. Timmons has been a member of the Saint Francis University faculty since 2008 and serves as coordinator of the Economics major.

    • Research Interests
    • Selected Publications
    • Courses Taught
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    Research Interests
    • Occupational Licensing
    • Teen Smoking
    • Other Labor & Health Economics topics
    Selected Publications
    • "There and Back Again: The De-licensing and Re-licensing of Barbers in Alabama" (with R. Thornton), British Journal of Industrial Relations, forthcoming. Available as a working paper from AEA with coverage in Dallas Morning News.  
    • "The effects of growth in occupational licensing on intergenerational mobility," (with B. Meehan, A. Meehan, and I Kukaev), Economics Bulletin, Spring 2019. Available from IDEAS.
    • "The Economic Impact of the Expansion of Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice for Medicaid" (with L Poghosyan, C Abraham, and G Martsolf), Journal of Nursing Regulation, April 2019. Available from Science Direct.
    • "Bringing the Effects of Occupational Licensing into Focus: Optician Licensing in the United States" (with A. Mills), Eastern Economic Journal, 2018. Available as a working paper from Mercatus with coverage in U.S. News & World Report.
    • "Untangling Hair Braider Deregulation in Virginia" (with C. Konieczny), Cato Journal, Fall 2018. Available from Cato and as a working paper from Mercatus with coverage in Virginia's Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  
    • "The Effects of Expanded Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Scope of Practice on the Cost of Medicaid Patient Care," Health Policy, (February 2017). Available from Science Direct and as a working paper from Mercatus with coverage in Contemporary ClinicForbesU.S. News & World ReportReal Clear Policy, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Tampa Bay Times.  
    • "The De-licensing of Occupations in the US" (with R. Thornton), Monthly Labor Review, (May 2015). Available from MLR with coverage in ForbesReal Clear PolicyUSA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the The Washington Post.
    • "Occupational Regulation in the European Legal Market" (with M. Pagliero), European Journal of Comparative Economics, (Autumn 2013). Available from EJCE.
    • "Licensing One of the World's Oldest Professions: Massage" (with R. Thornton), The Journal of Law and Economics, (May, 2013). Available from JSTOR.
    • “The Licensing of Barbers in the U.S.” (with R. Thornton), British Journal of Industrial Relations, (Winter, 2010). Available from Wiley.
    • “Parent Smoking, Depressed Mood and Suicidal Ideation in Teens” (with J. Hockenberry and M. Vander Weg), Nicotine and Tobacco Research, (March, 2010) Available from PubMed.
    • "The Effects of Licensing on the Wages of Radiologic Technologists" (with R. Thornton), Journal of Labor Research, (Winter, 2008). Available from Springer.
    Courses Taught
    • ECON 101 Principles of Economcis
    • ECON 102 Principles of Economics II
    • ECON 202 Sports Economics
    • ECON 301 Intermediate Microeconomics
    • ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • ECON / FIN 303 Money & Banking
    • ECON 405 Senior Seminar in Economics
    • MGMT 206 International Management
    • MBA 503 Managerial Economics
    • MBA 516 / FIN 325 Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management
    • MBA 518 Capital Budgeting