Thomas L. Marsh

Thomas L. Marsh

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics    

Dr. Thomas Marsh is a Distinguished Professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health and the School of Economic Sciences at WSU. He is an economist with experience in observational and behavioral analyses, including topics on trade, willingness to pay for goods/services, and designing choice experiments in small and big data situations. His interests are quantitative economic assessments of disease events, interventions, and decisions across the world at the household or more aggregate regional or country levels. He has been the principal or co-investigator of more than 45 projects exceeding $50 million. He is a fellow of AAAS and WAEA, as well as member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Dr. Marsh is a founding member of the Global Burden of Animal Disease program, past president of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, founding member and past chair of the Health Economics section (Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

Education

  • PhD, Agricultural Economics, Washington State University, 1998
  • MS, Statistics, Washington State University, 1998
  • MS, Economics, Montana State University, 1991
  • MS Mathematics, Montana State University, 1987
  • BA, Mathematics, Carroll College, 1985

Research Interest

  • Economics of Animal Health
  • Trade
  • Cost – Benefit Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis

Publications

Professional Service

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA):
    Econometrics Section: Chair 2011, Secretary 2007-9, founding member
    Health Economics Section: Past Chair 2021-2022, Chair 2020-2021, Chair Elect 2019, founding member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Member-at-Large Nomination – Social, Economic & Political Sciences Section
  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES):
    North American Branch: President 2006-2008
    Secretary/Treasurer 2004-2006
  • Washington State Academy of Sciences:
    Board of Directors 2013-2019, Finance Committee 2017-2019,
    Section 5 Nomination Committee 2019-2021
  • Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA):
    President Elect 2013-2014, President 2014-2015, Past President 2015-2016, Director 2002-2004, Executive Council 2001-2004
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2008-2011
  • Editorial Council, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2007-2009, 2015-2017
  • Guest Editor, Choices, 2016
  • Guest Editor, PNAS, 2020
  • Guest Editor, Frontiers in Veterinarian Science 2021
  • Marsh, T.L. (subject matter expert) 2015. Livestock Modernization Initiative, Tanzania. (Invited participant, Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Marsh, T.L. (co-chair, subject matter expert). “White paper on Washington State Initiative 522 (I-522): Labeling of Foods Containing Genetically Modified Ingredients,” Washington State Academy of Sciences, October 2013. (WA Legislative Request)
  • Marsh, T.L. (contributing author, subject matter expert) “Chapter 7. Economic Assessment,” Updated Site-Specific Biosafety and Biosecurity Mitigation Risk Assessment: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Department of Homeland Security (Final Report, February 2012). (Congressionally mandated report, reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences)
  • Marsh, T.L. (contributing author, subject matter expert) “Chapter 5. Economic Assessment,” Site-Specific Biosafety and Biosecurity Mitigation Risk Assessment: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Department of Homeland Security (Final Report, October 2010). (Congressionally mandated report, reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences)
  • Marsh, T.L. (contributing author, subject matter expert) “Appendix C: Qualitative Risk/Hazard Assessment” Site-Specific Biosafety and Biosecurity Mitigation Risk Assessment: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Department of Homeland Security (Appendices to Final Report, June 2010). (Congressionally mandated report, reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Western Agricultural Economics Association, 2019
  • Faculty Excellence in Research Award, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, WSU, 2019
  • Outstand Published Research Award, Western Agricultural Economics Assoc, 2017
  • Award of Excellence, Academic Advisor, The Graduate & Professional Student Association, WSU, 2016/2017
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Agricultural & Resource Economics, North Carolina State Univ, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2007
  • Visiting Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Australia, 2005-2006
  • Food Marketing Fellow, IMPACT Center, Washington State University, 2004-2009
  • Young Professionals Award, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and American Agricultural Economics Association, 2002-2003
  • President’s Faculty Development Award, Kansas State University, Fall 2002
  • Teaching Excellence Honoree, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University, 2002-03
  • Early Career Award, Gamma Sigma Delta, Kansas State University, 2001-2002
  • Teaching Excellence Honoree, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University, 2001-02
  • President’s Faculty Development Award, Kansas State University, Fall 2000
  • Award for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Dissertation (H.M.), American Agricultural Economics Association, 1999