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.
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Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Director of CSOR
Department: Business Administration
Office: Schwab Hall 314
Email: Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs
Office: Library 319
Position: Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations
Office: SBDC 205
Position: Research Analyst
Office: Library 319
Position: Legislative Research Analyst
Office: Library 319
Position: Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator
Office: SBDC 210
Email: Alexis Schumacher
Jon (JD) Walker
Position: Veteran Support Specialist and SFU ROTC Instructor.
Meet Our Research Affiliates
Dr. Maria Koumenta -- Senior Research Affiliate
Maria Koumenta is an Assistant Professor of Labor Economics at Queen Mary, University of London. She is an expert on occupational regulation, currently leading the research on this topic in the EU and UK. Her work explores the characteristics and prevalence of occupational regulation, analyses its impact on labour market outcomes such as earnings, skills, employment, migration and service quality. She has led various projects funded by the UK government and the European Commission and has provided testimony and policy advice to various UK government departments (UK Treasury, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Policy, Department of Health), UK Parliamentary Committees, and officials at the European Commission.
She was awarded her PhD from the London School of Economics, where she also worked as a researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance.
Learn more about Dr. Koumenta here.
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 Choice, The
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
Learn more about Dr. Meehan here.
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
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
Learn more about Dr. Deyo here.
Meet Our Graduate Assistants
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
Lexie is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of Saint Francis University, where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Finance. While attending Saint Francis University, she was the Lead Research Fellow for The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation and the Project Manager for Enactus. During her junior year, she was awarded the Lynanne Wingard Award, which is presented to one student who represents the campus through strong academics and campus involvement.
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Business Administration
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.
Graduate Degree Programs: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
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.**
Meet Our Research Fellow
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.
Emily 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.
Alison 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.
Emelia 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.
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.
Randee 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.
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."
Urska Medvesek - Junior
Major: CommunicationsMinor: Marketing
Urska Medvesek is an international student from Maribor, Slovenia. Besides being involved with the CSOR, she is on the women's swimming team. Urska chose Saint Francis University because of the sense of a small and welcoming community, as well as having the opportunity to participate on the swim team. After graduation, she plans to move back to Europe and pursue a career in marketing and communications.
Kristen 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.
Taylor 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.
Morgan 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!
Hunter Longenecker – Sophomore
Majors: Management Information Systems and Digital Marketing
Hunter is a Management Information Systems and Digital Media Marketing double major from East Freedom, Pennsylvania. He came to Saint Francis for the small campus, class sizes, and the sense of community. In addition to CSOR Hunter is a Resident Assistant as well as being involved in Enactus, S.E.A.L., and Blue Stockings Society. A fun fact about Hunter is that he is left handed.
Anne-Marie Larkin – Sophomore
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Anne-Marie is from Worcester, Massachusetts and is dual-majoring in Accounting and Finance. She came to Saint Francis University because of the welcoming campus community. In addition to CSOR, Anne-Marie is the project manager for Enactus team and the National Representative for her sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma.
Morgan George - Freshman
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.
Nicole Davis - FreshmanMajor: 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.
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.
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Director Dr. Edward Timmons, Legislative Research Analyst Ethan Bayne, and Research Analyst Conor Norris compiled a policy brief discussing the emergency occupational licensing reforms for combating COVID-19. The report identifies two categories: emergency reforms by state and emergency reforms by type of reform. Visit our website to find the full summary.
Thanks to Saint Francis University's military-friendly options, Sarah was able to graduate from the top Nursing program in the nation and become a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army through IUP's elite ROTC Warrior Battalion program.
CSOR team members, Shields School of Business faculty, and 21 students within the Shields School of Business traveled to New York City from Thursday 2/20 to Saturday 2/22 to take an exclusive guided tour of the New York Stock Exchange and connect with SFU alumni.The students also had the opportunity to meet Chris Conroy, Class of 1984 and Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS Financial, and Caleb Brantner, Class of 2014 and Senior Associate at the Citadel.
The trip was funded by the Dr. Albert A Zanzuccki Chair in Business Administration.
The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation is happy to announce our newest research affiliate, Dr. Maria Koumenta. Dr. Koumenta is an Assistant Professor of Labor Economics at Queen Mary University of London. She is an expert on occupational regulation, currently leading research in the EU and UK, and will now serve as the CSOR Senior Research Affiliate.
Learn more about Dr. Koumenta here >
CSOR Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs Emily Vargo (left) assisted Miss. Gibson (right) throughout the summer in conducting research on her poster topic: Assessing the Effects of Occupational Licensing Regulation on Optician Dispensing Growth Rates Across the U.S.
Miss. Gibson presented her research at the 9th annual SFU Student Research Day. After completing research and entering the information into our database, Miss. Gibson formulated a poster to present.
Dr. Edward Timmons wrote an article on optician licensing in the United States.
The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation
transitions into year two of the PA project with the U.S. Department of
Labor, studying the effects occupational licensing has on veteran and military spouses.
In order to access and gather data, the Center developed an IRB-approved
survey. The goal of the survey is to help the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
distinguish the needs of servicemen and servicewomen, and their spouses, as it
pertains to occupational licensing.
The survey will be distributed throughout the Commonwealth,
asking questions to determine any barriers of employment for veterans and military
spouses. After the completion of the survey, an academic and impartial
recommendation will be made.
If you are a veteran or a military spouse and are interested in our survey, please visit our website or take the survey here!
CSOR Director Edward Timmons and VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations Alanna Wilson attended the roundtable discussion that focused on the Veteran workforce barriers. The Auditor General DePasquale hosted the open forum at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
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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.
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.
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