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Edward Timmons, Ph.D.

Edward.Timmons@mail.wvu.edu420Business and Economics Building


Edward Timmons, Ph.D.

Director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation

Service Associate Professor of Economics


Dr. Timmons is a Service Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at the John Chambers School of Business and Economics at West Virginia University.  He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Lehigh University.  His research has been published in scholarly journals including The Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Regulatory Economics, The Journal of Labor Research, The British Journal of Industrial Relations, Health Policy, Monthly Labor Review, and Nicotine and Tobacco Research.  His research has been heavily cited by the popular press, by the Federal Trade Commission, the Obama White House, and also in a Senate hearing entitled "License to Compete: Occupational Licensing and the State Action Doctrine."

He is regularly asked to provide expert testimony in state legislatures across the US on occupational licensing reform and the practice authority of nurse practitioners.

He has also authored numerous articles in the popular press in publications including Harvard Business Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, US News & World Report, The Hill, the Washington Examiner, the Tampa Bay Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Detroit News, the Virginian-Pilot, the Tennessean and the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  In May of 2014 he worked as a visiting research fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri, Italy.  He is a Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Mercatus Center and a Senior Research Fellow with the Archbridge Institute.

In his spare time, Dr. Timmons enjoys spending time with his wife (Nelly) and his two sons (Warren and Francisco), traveling, cooking, and closely following his beloved New Orleans Saints.

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