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The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR)

Established in 2016, The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is an academic research center within the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity.

    • VALLO at SFU

      The Veterans Accelerated Learning Program (VALP) provides scholarship money to help with expenses the G.I. Bill doesn’t cover.

    • CSOR Team
    • CSOR Fellows Group

      CSOR Research Fellows

    • CSOR Database
    • CSOR Student Opportunities

      Providing Student Opportunities

    • The Veterans Accelerated Learning Program (VALP) provides scholarship money to help with expenses the G.I. Bill doesn’t cover.

    • CSOR Research Fellows

    • Providing Student Opportunities

  • CSOR Personnel

    Ed TimmonsDr. Edward Timmons

    Position: Director of CSOR 

    Department: Business Administration

    Office: Schwab Hall 314      

    814.472.3073

    Email: Dr. Edward Timmons


     

    Emily VargoEmily Vargo

    Position: Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs  

    Office: Library 319      

    814.472.3948               

    Email: Emily Vargo                


     

    Alanna WilsonAlanna Wilson 

    Position: Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations  

    Office: SBDC 205  

    814.472. 2863                           

    Email: Alanna Wilson


    Conor NorrisConor Norris

    Position: Research Analyst   

    Office: Library 319 

    814.472. 1103  

    Email: Conor Norris


    EthanBayneEthan Bayne

    Position: Legislative Research Analyst  

    Office: Library 319

    814.472.3881                          

    Email: Ethan Bayne



    AlexisSAlexis Schumacher

    Position: Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator

    Office: SBDC 210

    814.472.3201 

    Email: Alexis Schumacher
             

     

    Research Affiliates

    Meet Our Research Affiliates

    Brian Meehan

    Dr. Brian Meehan

    Dr. Brian Meehan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Berry College. Brian earned his PhD in economics from Florida State University. He earned his MA in economics from Central Michigan University and his BS in economics from Northern Michigan University. His research interests include law and economics, occupational licensing, and public choice. He has published in academic journals including: Public ChoiceThe International Review of Law and Economics, and Applied Economics. Much of his work focuses on the impact of occupational licensing on labor markets and crime. He has also published policy reports on occupational licensing for the Archbridge Institute and an op-ed appearing in The Hill.

    Learn more about Dr. Meehan here.


     Darwyyn Deyo

    Dr. Darwyyn Deyo

    Darwyyn Deyo is an Assistant Professor of Economics at San Jose State University who teaches law and economics and labor economics. She is also an Affiliate Research Fellow with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. She has researched the impact of occupational licensing on service quality, the labor supply of criminals, and topics in health economics such as the impact of tort reform and the Affordable Care Act on health care utilization. She has published in such journals as the Journal of Private Enterprise, the Journal of Economics and Finance Education, the American Journal of Managed Care, and the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

    She earned a Doctorate in Economics and a Masters in Economics from George Mason University. She is also an alumni of Saint Mary’s College of California where she earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Area Studies. She previously worked as a Research Fellow with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and was an affiliate scholar with the Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research at George Mason University. Before beginning her doctorate, she worked as a journalist covering political news out of Pennsylvania. She is also co-founder of the Finance and Economics Women’s Network, which supports undergraduate students in those disciplines.

    Learn more about Dr. Deyo here.

    Graduate Assistants

    Meet Our Graduate Assistants

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    Randall Frye

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

    Randall is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University, in Business Management and Public Administration. During his undergraduate studies, he served as the Student Government Association Executive-Vice President and as Senior Class President. He received the “2018 Mr. Frankie Award” as voted upon by members of the Senior Class, University faculty and Administration. In his free time, he enjoys reading, politics, history and traveling.


    Easton

    Easton Plummer

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Easton is from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University in Business Management. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in track & field as a pole vaulter. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and woodworking. 


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    Brandon Leech 

    Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)

    Brandon is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is a recent graduate of Saint Francis University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. During his undergrad, Brandon served as the vice-president of the club hockey team at SFU. He received the Humanitarian Award from the Dorothy Day Outreach Center for outstanding leadership and community service. Outside of school, Brandon enjoys fishing, kayaking, and watching sports.


    **If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant for The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) contact the Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs Emily Vargo.**


     

    Graduate Research Fellow

    Meet Our Research Fellow

    IlyaIlya Kukaev

    Ph.D Student - Economics

    Ilya Kukaev is a PhD student in Economics at Lehigh University. He was a Fulbright scholar from Russia. Ilya's research areas are Macroeconomics and Labor Economics. He's interested in effects of occupational licensing on labor markets and macroeconomic outcomes. In particular, his research covers how occupational licensing affects unemployment duration, inter-generational mobility, and labor mobility. The occupational regulation system in Russia is another topic of his research. In his free time he enjoys ice-skating, jogging, and going to the cinema.  

     
    Undergraduate Research Fellows
     Lead Fellow

    Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo - Senior

    Majors: Accounting and Finance

     Minor: Entrepreneurship

    Alexis is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis because she loved the community- minded atmosphere of the campus. Besides being a research fellow for the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, she is also an active member of the Enactus team here on campus. Outside of her academic studies, she assists with the safety aspects and the human resource department at her father’s business. After she graduates, Alexis plans to move back home where her family is and apply the knowledge and skills she learned here at Saint Francis to the family business.

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    EmilyUpdatedEmily Pollack - Senior

    Majors: Accounting and Finance 

    Emily is from North East, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis for the atmosphere of the campus and it offered everything she wanted academically. Emily is a research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupation Regulation, along with being a member of Enactus here at Saint Francis. After graduation, Emily plans on getting her CPA license and pursuing a career in auditing.

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     Alison AnnaAlison Anna - Senior

    Major: Accounting and Management Information Systems

    Alison is from Hastings, Pennsylvania. She is involved with Enactus and CSOR on campus. After graduation, she plans to become a Fraudulent Examiner, and possibly become a Forensic Accountant for the government. 

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    EmeliaUpdatedEmelia Cronshaw - Junior

    Major: Physician Assistant

    Minor: Fine Arts - Visual Arts

    Emelia is from Strafford, New Hampshire. Besides being involved with CSOR, Emelia is currently on the SFU's womens swim team. She chose to attend Saint Francis for their academic opportunities, small-town campus and the swim team. 

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    Ryan Alu Ryan Alu - Junior

    Majors: Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Math

    Ryan graduated from Central Bucks High West. He currently serves as the class of 2021 Vice President and plays on the SFU Division I Men's Volleyball Team. Ryan is a member of the Honors Program, CSOR, Enactus, Troubadour (School Paper) and the Gaming Club. You may find Ryan in disguise at times as the school’s mascot Frankie the Friar.

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    RandeeUpdatedRandee McGee - Junior

    Majors: Accounting and Economics

    Minor: Political Science

    Randee is from Leechburg, Pennsylvania. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere and the faculty. Besides being a research fellow for CSOR, Randee is a member of both the Red Flash marching band and the pep band, a member of the Ethics Bowl team, and a sitting member on the Executive Board of SGA. Upon graduation, Randee hopes to either start a career in politics or work in the corporate world. 

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    Nicholas Mauro Nicholas Mauro - Junior

    Majors: Marketing and Management with a Concentration in Healthcare Management

    Nick is from East Freedom, Pennsylvania. He involved at SFU includes Student Government Association, National Society for Leadership and Success, Orientation Counselor and Enactus. Nick chose to attend Saint Francis because of the great opportunities for advancements, as a person and academically. "The small class sizes make me feel at home, and the direct connection to my professors can't be matched anywhere else." 

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    KristiUpdatedKristen Hile - Sophomore

    Majors: Finance and Economics

    Kristen is from State College, Pennsylvania. She chose to attend Saint Francis University for the outstanding reputation of the Shields School of Business. Along with being a research fellow for CSOR, Kristen is a member of both the Red Flash marching and pep bands and has been playing the trumpet for over ten years. After graduation, Kristen plans to pursue a career in corporate finance.

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    TaylorUpdatedTaylor Ponchione - Sophomore

    Majors: Finance and Accounting

    Taylor is a graduate of United High School in Dilltown, Pa. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere of the campus community. Taylor plans to be involved with student government and community service groups on campus. After graduation, Taylor hopes to gain experience while working overseas. 

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    MorganUpdatedMorgan Flack - Sophomore

    Majors: Marketing and Communications

    Morgan is a freshman from Ellicott City, Maryland. She is double majoring in Marketing and Communications. In addition to being apart of CSOR, her involvement includes Enactus, Enactus's presentation team, and various projects within the club. A fun fact about Morgan is that in high school she was nationally ranked 3 seasons in a row within her relay team!

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    MorganG  Morgan George - Freshman

    Major: Accounting

    Morgan is from Brush Valley, Pennsylvania. Her major is Accounting. While pursuing her degree, she hopes to learn all she can about the business world. Morgan chose Saint Francis University because of the beautiful campus environment and how dedicated the professors are to the success of their students. After graduation, she hopes to get a Certified Public Accounting license and work in forensic accounting.  

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    Nicole DavisNicole Davis - Freshman
    Major: Accounting

    Nicole is a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School located in Robesonia, PA. She chose to attend Saint Francis University because she loves the campus atmosphere and the small class sizes. Nicole is a member of the Red Flash marching band and pep band, and she also hopes to get involved in Enactus while on campus. 

    Online Fellowship Application

    CSOR offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows will conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students will also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.

    Apply for a CSOR Fellowship 

    • Poster Session 1

      10th Annual Poster Session

      The Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University held the Dr. Albert Zanzuccki Endowed Chair 10th Annual Spring Poster Session on April 15, 2019. Twenty undergraduates and graduate students presented academic research at this year's event, six of which were CSOR members. Students conducted and presented innovative research on topics related to business, marketing analytics, human resources and economics for the Saint Francis community to enjoy. 

      This poster session, organized by Emily Vargo, Director of Policy Research and Academic Programs for CSOR, had the highest student participation rate in its 10 years.  

       

    • CSOR Receives VALLO Grant to Help Veterans Earn Degrees

      The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation has received a 3-year, 1 million dollar grant under the Veteran's Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations (VALLO). The grant will allow Saint Francis University to launch the Veterans Acceleration Learning Program (VALP). The VALLO grant, and the previously awarded 3-year DOL project, will allow CSOR to better examine and spread research of military portability, skill set transferring, and the demographic data of PA licenses. 

      Learn more

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      CSOR Announces Addition of Two Research Affiliates

      The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation is pleased to announce the addition of two research affiliates, Dr. Brian Meehan and Dr. Darwyyn Deyo.  

      CSOR’s research affiliates collaborate with Knee Center personnel to produce cutting-edge research on the effects of occupational licensing. Research is specifically designed to inform public policy discussions and enhance public understanding of the scope and effects of occupational regulation.

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      Jie Advances to Her Doctorate Degree

      CSOR's previous Graduate Fellow Jie Chen is promoted to a postdoctoral fellow as she continues her research after the completion of her doctoral studies. Dr. Chen is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Health Economics and Analytics Lad (HEAL) within the School of Economics in Georgia Tech. Dr. Chen is responsible for applying advanced analytical and econometric techniques to large scale medical databases to explore contemporary health policy issues for peer-reviewed publication. 

    • CSOR Sponsors Veterans Event with Government Officials

      The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) sponsored the 26th Annual Veterans Community Initiative Holiday Appreciate Breakfast at Asiago’s Tuscan Italian Restaurant in Johnstown, PA.

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    • Dr. Edward Timmons

      Economics Professor Headed to Milwaukee Research Institute

      Dr. Edward Timmons, professor of Economics and director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, will be joining the Badger Institute as a Visiting Fellow in 2019. 

    • Business Students Compete in Philadelphia Federal Reserve Challenge

      This was the ninth year that Saint Francis has participated in this prestigious event. 

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    • CSOR Sponsors Seminar in Salt Lake City

      Approximately 60 attendees participated in a two-day seminar co-sponsored by CSOR at the annual meeting of the State Policy Network in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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      Knee CSOR Co-Hosts Licensing Conference in Chicago

      The conference featured a distinguished group of panelists and presenters including a keynote from former Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner.

    • CSOR Featured on The Hill TV

      The Hill TV sent film crews to The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation to interview Dr. Edward Timmons about licensing and regulations.

      Watch the video

    • CSOR Selected to Lead Department of Labor Regulation Project in PA

      “We look forward to our continued partnership with CSOR as we work to ease overly burdensome requirements and make licenses more portable, especially for military spouses."

      Learn more about the project

    • CSOR Director a Panelist at Prestigious Seminar, Pens Article

      Dr. Timmons highlighted some anomalies with respect to occupational licensing laws in Texas.

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    • CSOR Hosts Institute for Justice Director Dick Carpenter

      CSOR hosted Dr. Dick Carpenter, Director of Strategic Research for the Institute for Justice. He discussed his new book, Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.

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    • The Knee Center Student Colloquium

      On October 21st, CSOR collaborated with the Institute for Humane Studies' at George Mason University to host a colloquium focused on criminal justice reform.  Professor Brian Meehan from Berry College facilitated the discussion entitled: "Reforming the System: Criminal Justice in the U.S."

      CSOR Student Colloquim

    • CSOR Presents at FBLA

      Emily Vargo, Director of Policy Research and Academic Programs and Alexis Schumacher, Graduate Assistant, attended Pennsylvania's Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania on April 8th.

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