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Simon Wilkie

Simon Wilkie

Professor of Economics, Communication and Law

Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Telephone: (213) 740-4595
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: None

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Professor Wilkie's research focuses on game theory, its application to business strategy, economic and regulatory policy design, and the economics of the communications industries. His most recent research is on the wholesale telecommunications market and the concept diversity in media markets. Wilkie serves as chair and professor of the USC Economics department and also serves as a co-director for the Center in Law, Economics and Organization with the USC Law School. Prior to joining USC, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology and a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research. He was also formerly a faculty member of Columbia University and the University of Rochester.

He served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission from July 2002 to December 2003, reporting to Chairman Michael Powell. The major proceedings during his tenure include: the Triennial Review of wireline competition policy; the Biennial Review of media ownership regulations; the regulatory framework for broadband; the creation of secondary markets for spectrum licenses; the EchoStar/Hughes (DirecTV) merger transaction; the ATT Broadband/Comcast merger; and News Corp's acquisition of a controlling interest in Hughes (DirecTV).

Wilkie is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Economic Theory and the International Journal of Communication. His work has been widely published on subjects of spectrum auctions, game theory and telecommunications regulations in leading scholarly journals to include: Economic Theory, The Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Regulatory Economics, The Review of Economic Studies and Social Choice and Welfare. 


  • Ph.D. (Economics) University of Rochester, 1990
  • M.A. (Economics) University of Rochester, 1988
  • B.Comm. Honors. (Econ) University of New South Wales, 1984


  • California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council: 1996-1997 Mentoring Award.
  • California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering: "Social Economic and System Aspects of Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction," co-PI with James Beck, Caltech, and Anne Kiremidjian, Stanford, $400,000 for 1997-1999.
  • National Science Foundation, SES Grant "Applied Mechanism Design," $38,113 for 2000-2002.
  • National Science Foundation, PEER Grant "A Decision Theoretic Approach to Evaluating Building Specific Losses," $75,000 for 2000-2002.


  • Chair and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, April 2008-present
  • Executive Director, Center for Communication Law and Policy, USC Law School and: Professor of Communication, (Courtesy) Annenberg School, University of Southern California, August 2005-present
  • Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Center for Communication, March 2006- 2007
  • Senior Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, July 2002- 2005
  • Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission, Washington DC, 2002- 2003
  • Assistant Professor, California Institute of Technology, 1995-2002.
  • Lecturer, California Institute of Technology, 1994-1995.
  • Member of Technical Staff, Bell Communications Research,1990-1994.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Columbia University,1992-1993.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bell Communications Research,1989-1990.



  • “The Greatest Auction in History,” with John McMillan and R. Preston McAfee, in Better Living Through Economics, John Sigfreid, editor. AEA and Harvard University Press, 2008.


  • “Economic Policy In the Information Age,” Engineering and Science, Vol. LXIV, No 1. 2001, pp. 28-37.
  • Memorial to Jeffrey Scott Banks,” Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2001, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 551-554.
  • "Local Competition and Universal Service," with Charles Plott, Jobs and Capital, 1995 Vol. 4, pp. 43-45
  • "Installment Payments and the FCC Spectrum Auctions." Jobs and Capital, 1996, Vol. 5, pp. 26-29.


  • "Decision Support Tools for Earthquake Recovery: Interim Report," with Jim Beck Anne Kiremidjian, and S. King, Y. Achkire, R. Olson, J. Goltz, K. Porter, A. Irfanoglu, M. Casari, J.M Legrue, F. Boehmke and A. Gonzales CUREe-Kajima Project Report 1999.
  • "Decision Support Tools for Earthquake Recovery: Final Report," with Jim Beck Anne Kiremidjian, and S. King, R. Olson, J. Goltz, T. Salmon, A Mason, K. Porter, and A. Irfanoglu CUREe- Kajima Project Report, 2000.



  • Australian Industry Assistance Commission: Design of Export Promotion Mechanisms.
  • Canadian Competition Bureau: Outside Expert Economist on Merger Reviews.
  • Germany, Wissenschaftliches Institu fur Infrasktruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK): Invited Panelist “Net Neutrality — Implications for Europe”
  • Jamaican Office of Utilities Regulation: Broadband Policy and Universal Service (USAID Funded Project)
  • Mexican Ministry of Communications: Broadband Deployment Competition Policy and Spectrum Auction Design.
  • U.S. Congress Staff Briefing Session (sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein and Georgetown Law School): “Broadband Policy and Universal Service.”
  • U.S. Congress Staff Briefing Session (sponsored by Senator Mike DeWine and American Antitrust Institute): “Telecom Mergers.”
  • U.S. Congress Briefing Conference (sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein and CCLP USC Law School): “Wireless Broadband: Is the U.S. Lagging”
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: Outside Expert Economist on Merger Reviews.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: Invited Panelist “2007 Telecommunications Symposium Voice, Video and Broadband: The Changing
  • Competitive Landscape and Its Impact on Consumers”
  • U.S. Federal Communications Commission: “Affirmative Action, Auction Design and Installment Payments” (presentation to FCC Chairman William Kennard and Senior Staff.)
  • U.S. Federal Communications Commission: Member of the “Localism Task Force”
  • U.S. Federal Communications Commission: “Staff Advanced Course: Bargaining Theory”
  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission: Invited Panelist “Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy Workshop.” Video, transcripts and the FTC Report to Congress at
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Telecommunications & Information Administration: “Improving Spectrum Management Through Economic and Other Incentives: A Workshop”
  • New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee: “Statewide versus Local Cable TV Franchising”
  • City of Los Angeles Board of Information Technology Commissioners: “Impact of new State Legislation AB 2987 (The Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006) on the City of Los Angeles”


  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Public Economic Theory, 1997- 2006.
  • Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Communication, 2006- .
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Vol. 6. No. 4., October 2004.
  • Guest Editor, Review of Network Economics, “Net Neutrality Issue.” 2008.
  • Referee: National Science Foundation, The American Economic Review, Econometrica, Economic Design, Economic Theory, European Transactions on Telecommunications, Games and Economic Behavior, The International Economic Review, The International Journal of Game Theory, The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, The Journal of Economic Theory, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Journal of Regulatory Economics, Telecommunication Systems, and Theory and Decision.
  • Committee Memberships: Program Committee, Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC): 2006-2008. Organizer of CCLP Conferences: “Wireless Broadband: is the U.S. Lagging,” Washington DC, 2005, “Symposium on Net Neutrality” USC, 2006, “Summit on U.S. Telecommunications Policy,” USC, 2006, Symposium on International Approaches to Telecommunication regulation and Competition,” Las Vegas 2007. Local Committee: 2002 Social Choice and Welfare Society Meetings, Pasadena. Session Chair: 1997 Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society. Member of the Organizing Committee: “Workshop on Computer Science and Game Theory,” section of the Fourth International Conference on Game Theory, SUNY Stony Brook, July 28-30, 1993. “Workshop on Implementation,” section of the Third International Conference on Game Theory, SUNY Stony Brook, July 8-10, 1992. “Workshop on Cost Allocation and Transfer Pricing,” section of the Second International Conference on Game Theory, SUNY Stony Brook, July 8-10, 1991.

May 2008


Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2017
Re: Edward Kleinbard

Edward Kleinbard was cited about the limited economic benefits for Americans when tax breaks encourage companies to repatriate foreign income. After the tax holiday, U.S. corporations even stepped up their sequestering of profits abroad, figuring that sooner or later a new administration would offer them yet another break — as Trump is proposing. That hoard of what Kleinbard calls “stateless income” now tops $2 trillion.


Hannah Garry
February, 2017

Hannah Garry moderated "Humanity in War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop," USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.

Gillian Hadfield
February, 2017

“The Problem Of Social Order: What Should We Count As Law?” Law and Social Inquiry 42 (2017): 16.

David B. Cruz
February, 2017

David B. Cruz spoke on "Equal Protection? Current Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination" on a panel on "Challenges and Controversies in Constitutional Law," 2017 Central District of California Judicial Conference, La Quinta, CA.