Members of the Council of Cooperative Economists include experts from a diverse set of cooperative associations, research institutions, academic institutions and associations exploring the economic impact and potential of cooperatives. Most members have economic expertise; some bring legal, finance, management, labor relations or sociology expertise to the Council.
Terry Barr (Chair)
Knowledge Exchange Division
J. Robert Beyster Distinguished
Michael L. Cook
in Organization Economics
University of Missouri
Filene Research Institute
Associate Professor of
Agriculture & Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin
Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Professor of Community Justice
and Social Economic Dev.
John Jay College, CUNY
Professor of Economics
St. Mary's University
CUNA Mutual Group
Vice President of Research and
Vice President of Policy and
PURPOSE & MISSION
The Council of Cooperative Economists provides information to the cooperative community, policymakers, thought leaders and other stakeholders, acting as a forum for best-in-class cooperative economists and other experts to explore ideas internally. The Council will also share and publish research as it relates to the goals of the Council (below). The council strives to represent all types of cooperatively organized enterprises across all sectors and regions of the nation’s economy. The Council will seek collaboration with international groups where appropriate.
- Measure how cooperatives impact the economy
- Explore how cooperatives benefit their members and communities
- Research cutting-edge issues within the cooperative sector
The Council of Cooperative Economists will provide leadership in developing metrics and compiling studies that quantify the economic impact of cooperatives and show the comparative advantage of the cooperative business model. The Council will fulfill its research obligations through independent research, collaboration and partnership with other researchers in the field and by encouraging more professionals to do applied research in support of the Council's goals. Members will also contribute by identifying gaps in data available to answer these questions.
Research by the Council of Cooperative Economists will inform the work of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus and the Interagency Cooperative Working Group on Cooperative Development, and influence decisions by policymakers and thought leaders. NCBA CLUSA's 2017 Cooperative IMPACT Conference in October, our quarterly Cooperative Business Journal, events at the National Press Club and other channels will serve as outlets for the Council's findings.