Nationally recognized health-care economist, Jonathan Skinner spoke at Clemson University on Nov. 4

Jonathan Skinner, a nationally recognized health-care economist, spoke Nov. 4 at Clemson University on the U.S. health care system and keeping it affordable without stifling economic growth.Skinner, a Dartmouth professor of economics, spoke at Clemson as part of The Big Ideas about Information Lecture Series, sponsored by the Information Economy Project. The Nov. 4 event, was from 5:30-7 p.m. in 301 Kinard Hall, and was free and open to the public. Continue reading

Renowned economist, Nobel winner Vernon Smith spoke at Clemson October 5

Distinguished economist and 2002 Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith
spoke at Clemson University today as part of The Big Ideas about Information Lecture Series, sponsored by the Information Economy Project. The event was free and open to the public. Smith spoke in 100 Brackett Hall from 4-5:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Considered the founding father of experimental economics, Smith’s presentation is titled “Information from Experiments that Changed False Beliefs: Two Cases and Their Economic Implications.”

He was awarded his Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, along with Daniel Kahneman, in 2002 for ground breaking work on experimental economics. Smith received the Nobel recognition for “having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms.” Continue reading

FTC’s Joshua Wright Lectures at Clemson on April 2 — Video archive available

Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua D. Wright presented a Big Ideas About Information lecture on April 2, 2015 at Clemson University.   Sponsored by the Information Economy Project and the John E. Walker Department of Economics, Commissioner Wright spoke on Regulation in High-Tech Markets: Public Choice, Regulatory Capture, and the FTC.  

A prolific scholar in law and economics, Joshua Wright was appointed to the Federal Trade Commission by President Obama in January 2013. Commissioner Wright’s lecture focused on the tendency for regulatory regimes to frustrate technological innovation. An example is the tax industry, heavily regulated for almost a century. Continue reading

Thomas W. Hazlett on Brookings Panel – “Internet Everywhere”

Hazlett stock photoOn November 27, the Economic Studies Program at Brookings hosted a forum, called Internet Everywhere: Broadband as a Catalyst for the Digital Economy, dedicated to the discussion of U.S. regulation of broadband platforms. IEP Director Thomas W. Hazlett was invited as a panelist, and the panel discussed regulatory threats and bright spots, as well as how regulatory policies can improve consumer welfare in the future.

Brookings page here. Continue reading

The Phantom of the Broadcast Spectrum Policy Opera, Hudson Institute

Professor Thomas Hazlett gave a presentation to the Hudson Institute’s Center for Economics of the Internet on February 22, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM, moderated by Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Length: 68:37

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Other Press Mentions

Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal, Debate on How to Free Up More Spectrum is Far From Over, February 23, 2012,…, “Boucher echoed a call Wednesday by the former chief economist for the FCC, George Mason University law and economics professor Thomas Hazlett, for policymakers to give broadcasters and other spectrum holders flexibility in how they use their spectrum. Hazlett noted at a Hudson Institute event that while broadcasters do not have as much spectrum as they had in the 1950s, they are still required to stick by the over-the-air broadcasting business model set up during that time.”

More Event Details here.

One of the most valuable swaths of underdeveloped spectrum is currently allocated for television broadcasting. The Federal Communications Commission currently has a plan to reallocate parts of that spectrum for mobile broadband purposes.  The FCC plan is complicated, will require a change of law, and may take many years to implement.  Thomas Hazlett will discuss various means to reallocate broadcast spectrum.

Hazlett is Professor of Law & Economics at George Mason University, where he also serves as Director of the Information Economy Project.  He has written for many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Slate, and the New York Times, and is a columnist (on technology policy issues) for the Financial Times.   He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis, Columbia University, and the Wharton School, and served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Hudson Institute
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The Federal Communication Commission’s Excellent Mobile Competition Adventure

Mercatus Center Working Paper No. 11-46.  Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law

Stressed-out undergrads meet deadlines for term papers by cramming facts, figures, and buzzwords; splicing Wikipedia entries; pasting select expert quotations; citing everything twice; inserting some nifty, multi-color pie charts—and hoping that the professor notes the paper‘s girth but not its (lack of) substance. If such a paper says anything at all, the student is unaware of it. Yet it does not overshoot the cosmic probability table that an all-nighter pays off and someone, somewhere, learns something.  Welcome to the Federal Communications Commission‘s 15th Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions With Respect to Mobile Wireless, released June 27, 2011. The FCC Report makes mistakes with the Commission‘s own data.2 It contains typos.3  It omits crucial, relevant, and available facts. It wastes page after page discussing tangential issues.4 Indeed, the Report avoids discussing the state of “effective competition” in what is entitled an “analysis of competitive market conditions.” With just 308 pages, 1,306 footnotes, 6 appendices, and 18 years to prepare its templates and hone its analysis (since Congress mandated annual FCC reports), the agency cannot make up its mind. Of course, regulators want to keep their options open. If they deem the industry “effectively competitive,” that might imply that regulatory interventions were unwarranted. Not that I‘m complaining about the lack of an actual verdict in the Report. Paradoxically, the agency‘s lack of ambition rendered the FCC Report a good deal better. If the Commission had actually produced conclusions, the Report almost surely would have been worse. And despite the FCC‘s best efforts at indecision, two decisive policy implications emerge from the Report.

Mercatus Center, Working Papers 

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TR Daily: Industry Experts Take Aim at Commission on Net Neutrality, Auctions, USF, Media Breakfast panel at the Hudson CEI

Professor Thomas Hazlett joined several free market advocates at a roundtable sponsored by the Hudson Institutes Center for Economics on the Internet (CEI) to discuss the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) actions on network neutrality, incentive auctions, and universal service.The group recommended the FCC follow a path that allows more choice in the marketplace, leading to a more competitive environment for businesses.

Industry Experts Take Aim at Commission on Net Neutrality, Auctions, USFTR Daily, June 17, 2011.

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Spectrum Markets: Challenges Ahead, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, June 2-3, 2011

The Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University hosted a two-day workshop on June 2-3, 2011 on market-mechanisms and technical restrictions in spectrum supply.

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Participant List and Presentation Topics here: 

  • Peter Cramton (Univ. of Maryland)
  • Dale Hatfield (Univ. of Colorado)
  • Bruce Hajek (UIUC)
  • Thomas Hazlett (George Mason Univ.)
  • Charles Jackson (George Washington Univ.)
  • Ramesh Johari (Stanford)
  • Scott Jordan (UC Irvine)
  • Sachin Katti (Stanford)
  • Ewan Kwerel (FCC)
  • Jon Peha (Carnegie Mellon; former Chief Technologist, FCC)
  • Charla Rath (Verizon)
  • William Sharkey (FCC)
  • Scott Wallsten (Technology Policy Institute)
  • Martin Weiss (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Organized by Randall Berry, Department of EECS, Michael Honig, Department of EECS, Rakesh Vohra, MEDS Department, Kellogg. Sponsors included the The Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science (CMS-EMS), National Science Foundation, and MS in Information Technology program.

The FCC’s Wireless Competition Report: A Preview, Mercatus Center Technology Policy Program

Prof. Thomas Hazlett presented on a panel hosted by the Mercatus Center Technology Policy Program on May 18, 2011 for a preview discussion of the FCC’s 2011 Wireless Competition Report addressing questions:

  • What does a proper analysis of wireless competition look like?
  • What should we expect from the FCC’s report this year?
  • How should the FCC address competition in the future?

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  • Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law
  • Joshua D. Wright, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Robert M. Frieden, Professor of Telecommunications & Law, Penn State University
  • Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge

Waves of Innovation: Spectrum Allocation in the Age of the Mobile Internet, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation hosted an event on spectrum allocation called Waves of Innovation: Spectrum Allocation in the Age of the Mobile Internet on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW
(Room 2168)
Washington, DC 20515

  • Rasika Abeysinghe, Director, Networks Solutions
  • Neeta A. Bidwai, Senior Policy Advisor,Office of Senator Mark Warner
  • Steven J. Crowley, Consulting Engineer, Steven J. Crowley P.E.
  • Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University
  • Matthew Hussey, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Olympia Snowe
  • Hal J. Singer, Managing Director and Principal, Navigant Economics
  • Richard Bennett, Senior Research Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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