Thomas Stratmann

Thomas Stratmann

  • Mercatus Center Scholar
  • Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Thomas Stratmann is a scholar at the Mercatus Center and a professor of economics at George Mason University. His primary research interests are political economy, fiscal policy, law and economics, health economics, and experimental economics.

Dr. Stratmann has written on topics of political economy and applied microeconomics and has published in journals such as the American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Law and Economics

Dr. Stratmann received his BA from the Free University of Berlin and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.

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Hester Peirce, Ian Robinson, Thomas Stratmann | Feb 27, 2014
This paper presents the results of the Mercatus Center’s Small Bank Survey, which include responses from approximately 200 banks across 41 states with less than $10 billion in assets each, serving mostly rural and small metropolitan markets.
Andreea Militaru, Thomas Stratmann | Jan 07, 2014
We analyze the choice politicians face when seeking votes from groups that lobby for sales tax rate decreases or from groups that lobby for certain tax exemptions, given the constraint that each politician wants to raise a certain amount of revenue. Using the application of sales taxes and sales tax exemptions we develop a model predicting a positive relationship between the number of sales tax exemptions and the sales tax rate. We find support for this hypothesis. A one-unit increase in the number of exemptions is associated with an increase between 0.10 and 0.25 percent in the sales tax rate. Our results provide one explanation of why estimates of revenue increases generated by a sales tax increase are often too optimistic.
Thomas Stratmann, John W. Welborn | Jul 31, 2012
Our research demonstrates that prices and trading are very sensitive to rules and rule changes. In other words, subtle institutional choices can have real economic consequences. In the following sections, we describe relevant institutions and related research. Next, we present our hypotheses, data, empirical model, and results. The last section presents conclusions.
Matthew Mitchell, Thomas Stratmann | Jan 23, 2012
In this working paper, the authors find that wireless tax rates increase with the number of overlapping tax bases.

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