Jason M. Walter
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Wisconsin-Stout
About Me: I grew up in the small town of Minot, North Dakota, and spent most holidays/vacations at the family dairy farm in northern Minnesota. During high school and college, I worked primarily in the restaurant industry, as a cook, server, trainer, supervisor, and finally as a kitchen manager. I attended North Dakota State University (B.S. in Mathematics-2007). While training to become a general manager, I continued to take colleges classes in economics and statistics (which lead to minors in both). Many of the topics (e.g. costs of production, pricing strategies, and competition) really resonated with me and in my work in the restaurant industry. As a result, I went on to complete an M.S. in Agribusiness & Applied Economics (2010), while working in the Center for Agribusiness and Trade Statistics (CAPTS) for my adviser Dr. Won Koo.
In the fall of 2010, I began working on an Economics PhD at Kansas State University. During the program, I focused on improving my research skills while also learning how to become an effective instructor. My adviser, Dr. Yang-Ming Chang, encouraged me to follow topics I was passionate about. I began conducting research on how technology and regulation affect a firm's behavior. In the spring of 2015, I graduated and began working at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as an Assistant Professor of Economics. Since becoming a professor, I've strived to connect students' lives to the topics we discuss in the classroom, while also maintaining an active research agenda.
About My Research: I consider myself an applied microeconomist, whose interests lie in the areas of Industrial Organization, Environmental Economics, and Regulation. My work broadly focuses on innovation and externalities, and I frequently examine the role of public policy. More specifically, I am interested in firm behavior as it relates to product development, distribution, research, regulation and strategic decisions. I have completed studies on streaming music, digital piracy, and bundled video content, but also on eco-labeled products, investment/development of clean technology, and the effects of regulatory oversight on firm behavior.