Ivan Strahof

Research Interests

I study how separate household members make decisions as a whole on expenditures, education, fertility, and martial dissolution. I'm currently working on a paper examining how making it easier to get a divorce affects bargaining power of household members. Another research agenda I have is on organized crime and how it can erode state capacity. I'm currently exploring whether organized crime in Mexico affected the government's ability to respond to the COVID pandemic.


I earned a Bachelor's Degree from Bard College and began graduate study in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota in 2018. I specialize in development economics where I use survey data to study a variety of topics such as intrahousehold decision making and organized crime.