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Thomas Krumel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics


Thomas Krumel is a scholar at the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth with the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise and an assistant professor of economics in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. He teaches undergraduate courses on microeconomics and computational economics. His research focuses on rural economic development, labor demand, and employment skill gaps. Dr. Krumel is in the process of implementing a $500,000 National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant analyzing labor market skills mismatch. Prior to coming to NDSU, he worked as an agricultural economist at USDA, where he received the Under Secretary's Research Award for his contribution to the USDA's rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Geographic Information Science, University of Minnesota
  • M.A., Economics, University of Akron
  • B.A., International Studies, Mount Union College
  • Rural economic development
  • Labor demand
  • Employment skills gap
  • Rural consciousness
  • Meat packing industry


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