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Research by IEP Scholars Being Used in Thailand Spectrum Auction Debate


Research by IEP scholars Thomas Hazlett, Roberto Munoz and Diego Avanzini is now central to the debate over spectrum allocation in Thailand. A dissenting regulator, objecting to delays in the auction of 3G licenses, has used this research to estimate social losses from lack of spectrum availability. Incredibly, she is now being sued for libel by her agency.

Dr. Roberto E. Muñoz, Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow, Information Economy Project and Professor, Federico Santa María Technical University, Santiago, Chile, roberto.munoz@usm.cl.

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)

What Really Matters in Spectrum Allocation Design


10 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 93 (2012). Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law, Roberto E. Muñoz, Senior Fellow, Information Economy Project and Professor, Federico, Santa María Technical University, Santiago, Chile, Diego Avanzini, Visiting Scholar, Information Economy Project.

Wireless license auctions have successfully replaced “beauty contests” in many countries. Competitive bidding (1) puts spectrum rights in the hands of the most productive firms; (2) reduces rent-seeking costs; and (3) captures license values for the public, potentially reducing costly tax distortions.  Economists and policy makers have asymmetrically focused on (3). Yet, the overwhelming consumer welfare gains are produced in output (retail services) markets, not by extracting revenues from the sale of spectrum inputs. This fact leads to powerful policy implications, supporting liberal policies that permit market rivals to (quickly) access abundant bandwidth. Full Text Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1961225.