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Jason A. Winfree

Jason A. Winfree


Washington State UniversityPh.D. Economics

Washington State UniversityM.S. Statistics

Washington State UniversityB.S. Mathematics (emphasis on Actuarial Science) and Economics


Sports Economics
Industrial Organization
Collective Reputation
Food Quality Standards
Market Structures

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Dr. Jason Winfree is Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Idaho. His work encompasses both sports economics and agricultural economics. As Associate Professor of Sports Management at the University of Michigan, his work focused on attendance, ownership, and pay in Major League Baseball, as well as how collegiate athletic programs respond to NCAA regulations and violations. He conducted studies and data analytics for the Detroit Pistons organization. Dr. Winfree’s current work encompasses both agricultural food and trade policy, and a study of representation in collective bargaining in professional sports. His broader areas of expertise encompass fields of applied microeconomics and econometrics such as industrial organization, competition and market definition, labor economics, public economics and environmental and resource economics. His work has been published in leading economic journals including the Review of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Sports Economics and Applied Economics, and he has written on market definition in sports leagues for the Antitrust Bulletin. Dr. Winfree has also written a book chapter on vertical integration in baseball.

Dr. Winfree is a frequent contributor in the media, having spoken on several radio stations and has been quoted in The New York TimesThe Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor News and the Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on television for ABC-Detroit and has contributed to Time.com.