Koleman Strumpf

Professor of Business Economics
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 2187
University of Kansas

Academic Areas



Ph.D. MIT, 1995
A.B. Stanford University, 1990
B.S. Stanford University, 1990

Joined the University of Kansas in 2006.


Professor Strumpf's research interests are in applied microeconomics. His current work focuses on file sharing (the economic impact on the entertainment industries), prediction markets (election futures, corporate applications), and industrial organization (formal evidence of first degree price discrimination in the real world). He has also written papers on state and local economics (mainly on decentralization and the Tiebout model), public economics, health economics, and political economics.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, Science, Economist, Business Week, Rolling Stone, and Variety. He has appeared on ABC News, Nightline, CNN, CNBC, C-Span, NPR, and Bloomberg Radio.

Current Activities

Associate Editor, The Journal of Prediction Markets

Selected Publications

Oberholzer-Gee, Felix, and Koleman Strumpf, 2009. File-Sharing and Copyright. NBER's Innovation Policy and the Economy series, volume 10. ed. Joushua Lerner and Scott Stern. MIT Press.

Strumpf, Koleman. Introduction to Special Issue on Corporate Applications of Prediction Markets. Journal of Prediction Markets. 2009. 3(1): i:vii.
Professor Strumpf served as special editor of this issue, which was based on the Conference on Corporate Applications of Prediction/Information Markets (1 November 2007) that he organized.

Oberholzer-Gee, Felix, and Koleman Strumpf, 2007. The effect of file sharing on record sales: an empirical analysis. Journal of Political Economy 115, No. 1, p. 1-42.

Rhode, Paul, and Koleman Strumpf, 2004. Historical presidential betting markets. Journal of Economic Perspectives 18, No. 2, p. 127-142.

Rhode, Paul, and Koleman Strumpf, 2003. Assessing the Importance of Tiebout Sorting: Local Heterogeneity from 1850 to 1990. American Economic Review 93, p. 1648-1677.

Oberholzer-Gee, Felix, and Koleman Strumpf, 2002. Endogenous Policy Decentralization: Testing the Central Tenet of Economic Federalism. Journal of Political Economy 110, p. 1-36.

Strumpf, Koleman, 2002. Does Government Decentralization Increase Policy Innovation. Journal of Public Economic Theory 4, p. 207-241.

Research Interests

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Public economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Political economics

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