Jason Winfree

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Idaho

Jason Winfree is an economist, whose research primarily focuses on industrial organization, agricultural economics and sports economics. His research includes analyzing issues such as consumer demand for food with various attributes. This work focuses on various food issues such as food quality and reputation, GMO food, and the localness of food. He has also researched the determinants of consumer demand in sports leagues, as well as the effects of various sports league policies and how they impact competitive balance and player pay.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Statistics from Washington State University in 2003, Dr. Winfree worked at the University of Michigan for ten years before coming to the University of Idaho. In his career, he has taught Industrial Organization as well as Sport Finance at the Masters level and has taught numerous undergraduate courses, including at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

He has written or co-authored 44 articles in peer-reviewed journals.  These journals include Journal of International EconomicsEconomic InquiryApplied EconomicsAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics and the Review of Industrial Organization.  Dr. Winfree has co-authored two editions of a textbook titled “Sports Finance and Management: Real Estate, Entertainment, and the Remaking of the Business” and also co-authored a book titled “15 Sports Myths and Why They’re Wrong.”