George Bittlingmayer

School of Business - Business
Wagnon Distinguished Professor of Finance
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3103
University of Kansas
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7601

George Bittlingmayer is the Wagnon Distinguished Professor of Finance at the School of Business, University of Kansas. His research has focused on the effect of public policies on financial markets, investment by business, and mergers and acquisitions. His research has established a link between episodic attacks on business with some of the major financial and economic downturns of the 20th century, including the Panic of 1907 and the October 1929 Crash. He has also examined the financial effects of antitrust actions directed against Microsoft. His recent interests include the the financial effects of broadband regulation, the financial effect of oil shocks, the market for credit default swaps, and venture capital syndication.

Professor Bittlingmayer teaches courses covering investments and entrepreneurial finance. He has also taught economics for Ph.D. students. He has served as consultant for major corporations and government agencies in matters involving mergers, valuation, breach of contract, and manufacturer-distributor relations across a number of industries including telecommunications, chemicals, forest products, mining, automobile manufacture and publishing.

He graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor's degree in economics and German and received his masters and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has held research positions at the University of Michigan, Washington University, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Davis. He also served as a visiting economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and as a research fellow at the International Institute of Management, Berlin.


Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago

A.M., Economics, University of Chicago

B.A., Economics & German, Lehigh University


My aim is to bridge the gap between academic research and practice.

Teaching Interests

  • Investments
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Venture capital
  • Economics


How does government affect financial markets and financial transactions? When do the institutions and mechanisms of finance work well and when not?

Research Interests

  • Financial economics
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Political and Regulatory Risk
  • Business and Financial History


External service: The long-run usefulness and vitality of universities depends on their engagement with the world around them.

University service: Institutions that inspire, educate and promote the advance of sciences and the arts require responsible stewardship.

Selected Publications

Bittlingmayer, G., & Moser, S. M. (2014). What Does the Corporate Bond Market Know? The Financial Review, 49(1), 1-19.

Bittlingmayer, G., & Moser, S. M. (2013). When Credit Gets Ahead of Equity. Creditflux(Issue 145) London & New York.

Bittlingmayer, G. (2000). Economics of Information Age Industries (R. Dorf). The Technology Management Handbook (CD-ROM version). CRC Press.

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