Michael Trousdale is an applied economist specializing in demand analysis, industrial organization, econometrics, and microeconomic issues in regulated markets. His research and analyses have covered a wide variety of industries including lottery gaming markets, processed foods, produce markets, food & restaurant services, hotel & lodging services, casinos & gambling halls, and other commercial real estate markets.
Dr. Trousdale has experience in crafting federal regulations as well as formally analyzing their potential economic impacts. Such regulations, aimed at improving food safety and public nutrition at a national level, include chain-restaurant menu labeling, calorie labeling on vending machines, Nutrition Facts labeling, preventative controls for human food, produce safety, and an initiative on sodium reduction in processed foods. Furthermore, Dr. Trousdale’s scholarly work on regulated markets is highlighted by his latest work involving the demand and pricing of state lottery games, which has recently earned publications in the National Tax Journal as well as the Public Finance Review.
In his current work, Dr. Trousdale assists testifying experts with econometric and statistical analyses, market and industry research, report preparation, and critical examination of opposing experts’ opinions in matters regarding antitrust liability and damages. His analyses have covered a variety of industries including polyurethane foam, automotive parts, coiled steel, financial securities, special occasion prom and homecoming dresses, and railroad freight shipping.
Ph.D. Agricultural & Applied Economics, Texas A&M University
B.A. Economics, Brigham Young University
Econ One, 2014 – Present
University of Phoenix, School of Business, Faculty Instructor, 2013 – Present
U.S. Food & Drug Administration 2012 – 2014
Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 2007 – 2012
PBTK Consulting, 2006 – 2007