Established in 2016, The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is an academic research center within the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity.
Providing Student Opportunities
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Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Director of CSOR Department: Business Administration
Office: Schwab Hall 314
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Position: Director of Public Policy Research and Academic Programs Office: Schwab Hall 316 Email: Emily Vargo 814.472.3948
Position: Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Relations Office: Schwab Hall 315 Email: Alanna Wilson 814.472. 2863
Position: Research Analyst Office: Schwab Hall 211 Email: Conor Norris 814.472. 1103
Position: Legislative Research Analyst Office: SBDC 205 Email: Ethan Bayne 814.472.3881
Meet Our Research Affiliates
Dr. Brian Meehan
Dr. Brian Meehan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Berry College. Brian
earned his PhD in economics from Florida State University. He earned his MA in economics from Central Michigan University and his BS in economics from Northern Michigan University. His research interests include law and economics, occupational licensing, and
public choice. He has published in academic journals including: Public Choice, The
International Review of Law and Economics, and Applied
Economics. Much of his work focuses on the impact of occupational licensing on labor markets and crime. He has also published policy
reports on occupational licensing for the Archbridge Institute and an op-ed appearing in
Learn more about Dr. Meehan here.
Dr. Darwyyn Deyo
Darwyyn Deyo is an Assistant Professor of Economics at San
Jose State University who teaches law and economics and labor economics. She is
also an Affiliate Research Fellow with the Harvey
L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. She has researched the impact of
occupational licensing on service quality, the labor supply of criminals, and
topics in health economics such as the impact of tort reform and the Affordable
Care Act on health care utilization. She has published in such journals as the
Journal of Private Enterprise, the Journal of Economics and Finance Education,
the American Journal of Managed Care, and the Journal of the American College
She earned a Doctorate in Economics and a Masters in
Economics from George Mason University. She is also an alumni of Saint Mary’s
College of California where she earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Economics
and a Bachelor of Arts in International Area Studies. She previously worked as
a Research Fellow with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and was an
affiliate scholar with the Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research at George
Mason University. Before beginning her doctorate, she worked as a journalist
covering political news out of Pennsylvania. She is also co-founder of the
Finance and Economics Women’s Network, which supports undergraduate students in
Learn more about Dr. Deyo here.
Meet Our Graduate Assistants
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)
Alexis is from Altoona, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of Penn State University where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Communications. Alexis was highly involved on campus. She served as a Vice President within her sorority, the Director of Altoona Benefiting THON, the Student Director of the Orientation Leader Program, and she was awarded the Walker Award from the Penn State Altoona campus. Outside of being a student, Alexis enjoys the outdoors and participating in physical activities to stay in shape.
Graduate Degree Program: Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM)
Randall is from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He recently
graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University, in
Business Management and Public Administration. During his undergraduate studies,
he served as the Student Government Association Executive-Vice President and as
Senior Class President. He received the “2018 Mr. Frankie Award” as voted upon
by members of the Senior Class, University faculty and Administration. In his free
time, he enjoys reading, politics, history and traveling.
**If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant for The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) contact Assistant Director of CSOR Emily Vargo.**
Meet Our Research Fellows
Ph.D Student - Economics
Jie is a
PhD candidate in Economics at Lehigh University. She holds MS in Economics from
Lehigh University and BA in history and economics from Peking University,
Beijing, China. Jie’s general research area is labor economics, health
economics and applied econometrics. Her research interest is in occupational
licensing in health care professionals. Her current research is an empirical
study into dental hygienist scope of practice and autonomy. She has recently
presented the study in Labor and
Employment Relations Association, and will also be presenting in Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in September 2018.
Ph.D Student - Economics
Ilya Kukaev is a PhD student in Economics at Lehigh University. He was a Fulbright scholar from Russia. Ilya's research areas are Macroeconomics and Labor Economics. He's interested in effects of occupational licensing on labor markets and macroeconomic outcomes. In particular, his research covers how occupational licensing affects unemployment duration, inter-generational mobility, and labor mobility. The occupational regulation system in Russia is another topic of his research. In his free time he enjoys ice-skating, jogging, and going to the cinema.
Alexis (Lexie) DeLullo - Senior
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Alexis is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis because she loved the community- minded atmosphere of the campus. Besides being a research fellow for the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, she is also an active member of the Enactus team here on campus. Outside of her academic studies, she assists with the safety aspects and the human resource department at her father’s business. After she graduates, Alexis plans to move back home where her family is and apply the knowledge and skills she learned here at Saint Francis to the family business.
Emily Pollack - Senior
Majors: Accounting and Finance
Emily is from North East, Pennsylvania. She came to Saint Francis for the atmosphere of the campus and it offered everything she wanted academically. Emily is a research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupation Regulation, along with being a member of Enactus here at Saint Francis. After graduation, Emily plans on getting her CPA license and pursuing a career in forensic accounting.
Alison Anna - Senior
Major: Accounting and Management Information Systems
Alison is from Hastings, Pennsylvania. She is involved with Enactus and CSOR on campus. After graduation, she plans to become a Fraudulent Examiner, and possibly become a Forensic Accountant for the government.
Emelia Cronshaw - Junior
Major: Physician Assistant
Minor: Fine Arts - Visual Arts
Emelia is from Strafford, New Hampshire. Besides being involved with CSOR, Emelia is currently on the SFU's womens swim team. She chose to attend Saint Francis for their academic opportunities, small-town campus and the swim team.
Ryan Alu - Junior
Majors: Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Math
Ryan graduated from Central Bucks High West. He currently serves as the class of 2021 Vice President and plays on the SFU Division I Men's Volleyball Team. Ryan is a member of the Honors Program, CSOR, Enactus, Troubadour (School Paper) and the Gaming Club. You may find Ryan in disguise at times as the school’s mascot Frankie the Friar.
Randee McGee - Junior
Majors: Accounting and Economics
Minor: Political Science
Randee is from Leechburg, Pennsylvania. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere and the faculty. Besides being a research fellow for CSOR, Randee is a member of both the Red Flash marching band and the pep band, a member of the Ethics Bowl team, and a sitting member on the Executive Board of SGA. Upon graduation, Randee hopes to either start a career in politics or work in the corporate world.
Nicholas Mauro - Junior
Majors: Marketing and Management with a Concentration in Healthcare Management
Nick is from East Freedom, Pennsylvania. He involved at SFU includes Student Government Association, National Society for Leadership and Success, Orientation Counselor and Enactus. Nick chose to attend Saint Francis because of the great opportunities for advancements, as a person and academically. "The small class sizes make me feel at home, and the direct connection to my professors can't be matched anywhere else."
Kristen Hile - Sophomore
Majors: Finance and Economics
Kristen is from State College, Pennsylvania. She chose to
attend Saint Francis University for the outstanding reputation of the Shields
School of Business. Along with being a research fellow for CSOR, Kristen is a
member of both the Red Flash marching and pep bands and has been playing the
trumpet for over ten years. After graduation, Kristen plans to pursue a career
in corporate finance.
Taylor Ponchione - Sophomore
Majors: Finance and Accounting
Taylor is a graduate of United High School in Dilltown, Pa. He came to Saint Francis because he loves the atmosphere of the campus community. Taylor plans to be involved with student government and community service groups on campus. After graduation, Taylor hopes to gain experience while working overseas.
Morgan Flack - Sophomore
Majors: Marketing and Communications
Morgan is a freshman from Ellicott City, Maryland. She is double majoring in Marketing and Communications. In addition to being apart of CSOR, her involvement includes Enactus, Enactus's presentation team, and various projects within the club. A fun fact about Morgan is that in high school she was nationally ranked 3 seasons in a row within her relay team!
CSOR offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows will conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students will also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.
Apply for a CSOR Fellowship
The Knee Center
for the Study of Occupational Regulation is pleased to announce the addition of
two research affiliates, Dr. Brian Meehan and Dr. Darwyyn Deyo.
CSOR’s research affiliates
collaborate with Knee Center personnel to produce cutting-edge research on the
effects of occupational licensing. Research is specifically designed to inform
public policy discussions and enhance public understanding of the scope and
effects of occupational regulation.
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The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) sponsored the 26th Annual Veterans Community Initiative Holiday Appreciate Breakfast at Asiago’s Tuscan Italian Restaurant in Johnstown, PA.
Dr. Edward Timmons, professor of Economics and director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, will be joining the Badger Institute as a Visiting Fellow in 2019.
This was the ninth year that Saint Francis has participated in this prestigious event.
Approximately 60 attendees participated in a two-day seminar co-sponsored by CSOR at the annual meeting of the State Policy Network in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The conference featured a distinguished group of panelists and presenters including a keynote from former Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner.
The Hill TV sent film crews to The Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation to interview Dr. Edward Timmons about licensing and regulations.
Watch the video
“We look forward to our continued partnership with CSOR as we work to ease overly burdensome requirements and make licenses more portable, especially for military spouses."
Learn more about the project
Saint Francis University’s Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has officially proposed reforms of several state job licensing boards.
Learn more about the historic reforms
Dr. Timmons highlighted some anomalies with respect to occupational licensing laws in Texas.
CSOR hosted Dr. Dick Carpenter, Director of Strategic Research for the Institute for Justice. He discussed his new book, Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.
On October 21st, CSOR collaborated with the Institute for Humane Studies' at George Mason University to host a colloquium focused on criminal justice reform. Professor Brian Meehan from Berry College facilitated the discussion entitled: "Reforming the System: Criminal Justice in the U.S."
CSOR Student Colloquim
CSOR Fellows J.J. Hazenstab and Geoff Ford presented their academcis research at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Check out their SFU story
CSOR Hawaii Conference
Emily Vargo, Director of Policy Research and Academic Programs and Alexis Schumacher, Graduate Assistant, attended Pennsylvania's Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania on April 8th.
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