The Cato Institute invites you to a Book Forum on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The Political Spectrum:
The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone
(Yale University Press)
featuring the author
Thomas W. Hazlett, Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics, Clemson Universitywith comments by
Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

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Popular legend has it that before the Federal Radio Commission was established in 1927, the radio spectrum was in chaos, with broadcasting stations blasting powerful signals to drown out rivals. Tom Hazlett, a distinguished scholar in law and economics and former chief economist at the FCC (the commission’s successor), debunks that idea. Instead, regulators blocked competition at the behest of incumbent interests and, for nearly a century, have suppressed innovation while quashing out-of-the-mainstream viewpoints.

Hazlett details how spectrum officials produced a “vast wasteland” that they publicly criticized but privately protected. The story twists and turns, as farsighted visionaries — and the march of science — rose to challenge the old regime. Over decades, reforms to liberate the radio spectrum have generated explosive progress, ushering in the “smartphone revolution,” ubiquitous social media, and the amazing wireless world that is now emerging. Still, Hazlett argues, and current FCC controversies confirm, the battle is not even half won.

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Date: March 15, 2018

Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
(Luncheon to follow)

Cost: Free of charge


Regulatory expert Robert Crandall spoke at Clemson Oct. 31

Rick Uhlmann, College of Business

October 21, 2016

Deregulation would unleash efficiencies and enhance U.S. spending and productivity growth, according to Robert Crandall, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, who delivered the Tullock Lecture at Clemson University on Oct. 31.


Crandall, a renowned author and expert on the economics of government regulation, will spoke from 4-5:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium of Tillman Hall. The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas about Information is sponsored by the Information Economy Project.

Crandall, whose current research focuses on telecommunications policy, will review evidence showing how complex and costly health, safety and environmental regulation is thwarting job and income gains, while producing fewer benefits than are possible with better-crafted rules. He advocates for market-based incentives, including an approach that would replace the EPA’s Clean Power Plan with a carbon tax.

Crandall holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where he taught economics. He has also taught at MIT, Maryland, George Washington University and Stanford. He is the author of several books including, with Cliff Winston and Vikram Maheshri, First Thing We Do: Let’s Deregulate All the Lawyers (Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 2011).

A reception and refreshments followed the lecture.

For more information, contact Kyra Palange at .

Oct. 31, 2016 - Robert Crandall, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution spoke at Tillman Hall on "Regulation, Deregulation, and the Information Economy". sponsored by the Information Economy Project

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Dr. Thomas W. Hazlett, Director

Director, Information Economy Project and Professor of Economics, Clemson University, 864-656-3430,

Thomas W. Hazlett is Professor of Economics and serves as Director of the Information Economy Project at Clemson University.  From 2002 to 2011 he was a columnist for the New Technology Policy Forum hosted by the Financial Times.  Prof. Hazlett previously held faculty appointments at George Mason University, the University of California at Davis, Columbia University, and the Wharton School, and in 1991-92 served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission.  For full dossier, please visit

Dr. Roberto E. Muñoz, Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow, Information Economy Project and Professor, Federico Santa María Technical University, Santiago, Chile,

Roberto E. Muñoz is an economics professor at Federico Santa María Technical University in Santiago, Chile.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in economics in 2003, and conducts wide-ranging academic research in game theory, experimental economics, applied econometrics, and telecommunications policy.  He has contributed path-breaking analysis in evaluating the net social benefits of spectrum allocation reform.
University of Maryland, Ph.D. (Economics)

Dr. Gerald R. Faulhaber, Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow, Information Economy Project and Professor Emeritus of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 215-219-0805, faulhabe@wharton.

Senior Fellow Gerald R. Faulhaber is Professor Emeritus of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has researched widely in spectrum policy for wireless telecommunications; network neutrality for the Internet, file sharing and fair use copyright; telecommunications; regulation; industrial organization; and applied microeconomics.

His current projects include work on spectrum management reform; network neutrality analysis; copyright and fair use provisions with music/movie file sharing via peer-to-peer networks; prospects for deregulation in telecommunications; broadband deployment; network effects and antitrust analysis; access and antitrust analysis.

He has been a professor at Wharton from 1984 to present, with a joint appointment to the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2005. Previously, he was a professor at New York University, and has been a visiting professor at INSEAD in France, at Princeton University and at Tsinghua University in the Peoples’ Republic of China.

Faulhaber also served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission from 2000 to 2001, and was Director, Strategic Planning and Financial Management, AT&T, 1982-83; Director, Microeconomic Studies, AT&T, 1978-82; Research Head, Economic Modeling and Financial Research Department, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., 1975-77; Supervisor, Economic Modeling, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., 1968-75; Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., 1962-68. Additionally, he has been on the editorial board of Information and Economic Policy from 1992-present, and has been on the Advisory Board, Research Program on Telecommunications and Information, Columbia University.

Princeton University, Ph.D., 1975
Princeton University, M.A., 1974
New York   University, M.S., 1964
Haverford College, A.B., 1962

Dr. Joshua D. Wright, Senior Fellow, On Leave

Senior Fellow, On Leave, Information Economy Project and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, 703-993-8236,, Joshua Wright’s Faculty Page.

Joshua Wright is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law.  In January 2013, Professor Wright was confirmed as President Obama’s nominee to the Federal Trade Commission and is currently on leave from IEP and GMUSL.  Professor Wright was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and was a Visiting Fellow at the Searle Center at the Northwestern University School of Law during the 2008-09 academic year.

Professor Wright received both his J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, where he was managing editor of the UCLA Law Review, and a B.A. in economics with highest departmental honors at the University of California, San Diego.  Professor Wright clerked for the Honorable James V. Selna of the Central District of California and taught at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy.

Professor Wright’s areas of expertise include antitrust law and economics, empirical law and economics, intellectual property and the law and economics of contracts.  His publications have appeared in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Law and Economics, Antitrust Law Journal, Competition Policy International, Supreme Court Economic Review, Yale Journal on Regulation, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Review of Law and Economics, and the UCLA Law Review.   Professor Wright is also the co-editor of two volumes forthcoming in 2010: Pioneers of Law and Economics (Elgar Publishing) and Competition Policy and Patent Law under Uncertainty: Regulating Innovation (Cambridge Press).  Professor Wright has also testified at the joint Department of Justice – Federal Trade Commission Hearings on Section 2 of the Sherman Act as well as the Federal Trade Commission’s FTC at 100 Conference.

Professor Wright is on the editorial board of the Antitrust Law Journal, Global Competition Policy, Supreme Court Economic Review and Competition Policy International.  He is a co-founder of the Microsoft – George Mason Annual Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation, a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Law and Social Sciences, and a regular contributor to Truth on the Market, a weblog dedicated to academic commentary on law, business, and economics.

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. (Economics)
University of California, San Diego, B.A.

Dr. Babette E.L. Boliek, Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow, Information Economy Project and Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law,, Professor Boliek’s faculty page.

Babette Boliek is an Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. She clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Dr. Boliek’s recent work focuses on regulation of the wireless telecommunications industry, including net neutrality regulation. She also has written on the U.S. experience in regulating cellular telephone entry and rates at the state and local level prior to federal preemption in 1994.  For full profile, please visit Professor Boliek’s faculty page.

University of California, Davis, Ph.D. (Economics)
Columbia University School of Law, J.D. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a John M. Olin Fellow for Law and Economics and Industrial Organization)