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Simon 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. 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. Wilkie holds a B.Comm from the University of New South Wales, an MA and PhD (Economics) from the University of Rochester.
- “Simple Economics of Price Floors,” joint with Preston McAfee, 2006.
- "An Ordinal Egalitarian Bargaining Solution," with John Conley, revised 2006.
- "Incremental Export Subsidies," with Martin Richardson, The Economic Record, March 1986, pp. 88-92.
- "The Bargaining Problem Without Convexity: Extending The Egalitarian and Kalai-Smorodinsky Solutions," with John Conley, Economics Letters, 1991, Vol. 36, pp. 365-369.
- A Generalization of Kaneko's Ratio Equilibrium," with Dimitrios Diamantaris, Journal Of Economic Theory, 1994, Vol. 62, No 2, pp. 499-512.
- "Incremental R&D Subsidies," with Martin Richardson, The Journal of Regulatory Economics, 1995, Vol. 7, pp.161-175.
- "Implementing the Nash-Extension Bargaining Solution," with John Conley, Economic Design, 1995, Vol. 1, pp. 205-216.
- "Auctioning the Airwaves: The Contest for Radio Spectrum," with Bhaskar Chakravorti, Yossef Spiegel and William Sharkey, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 1995, Vol. 4, pp. 344-373.
- "On the Set of Pareto Efficient Allocations in Economies with Public Goods," with Dimitrios Diamantaris, Economic Theory, 1996, Vol. 7, pp. 371-379.
- "An Extension of The Nash Bargaining Solution to Non-Convex Problems," with John Conley, Games and Economic Behavior, 1996, Vol. 13, pp. 26-38.
- "Investment in New Technology as a Signal of Firm Value Under Regulatory Opportunism," with Yossef Spiegel, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 1996, Vol. 5, pp. 251-276.
- "Comment on Spiller's `A Positive Political Theory of Regulatory Instruments: Contracts, Administrative Law or Regulatory Specificity?'" The Southern California Law Review, 1996, Vol. 69, pp. 517-519.
- "Double Implementation of the Ratio Solution by a Market Game" with Luis Corchon, Economic Design, 1996, Vol. 2, pp. 325-337.
- "Reference Functions and Possibility Theorems for Cardinal Social Choice Problems," with John Conley and Richard McLean, Social Choice and Welfare, 1997, Vol. 14, pp. 65-78.
- “Implementation of the Walrasian Correspondence by Market Games,” with Carmen Beviá, and Luis C. Corchón, Review of Economic Design, 2003, Vol. 7, pp. 429-442.
- “Current Regulatory Realities: Overcoming the Regulatory Quandary,” Michigan State DCL Law Review, 2003, Issue 3, pp. 599-605.
- “Economic Analysis at the FCC,” with Mark Bykowsky, Jonathan Levy, William Sharkey and Tracy Waldon, Review of Industrial Organization, 2003,Vol. 23, pp. 157-174.
- “Introduction to the Special Issue on Telecommunications,” Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2004,Vol. 6, pp. 537-539.
- "Endogenous Games and Mechanisms: Side Payments Among Players," with Matt Jackson, Review of Economic Studies, 2005, Vol. 72, pp. 544-566.
- “Sequencing Lifeline Repairs after an Earthquake,” with Marco Casari, The Journal of Regulatory Economics, 2005, Vol. 27, pp. 47-65.
- "Credible Implementation," with Bhaskar Chakravorti and Luis Corchon, Games and Economic Behavior, 2006, Vol. 57, pp. 16-36.
- "Axiomatic Foundations for Compromise Theory: The duality of Bargaining Theory and Multi-Objective Programming," with John Conley and Richard McLean, forthcoming, Games and Economic Behavior.
- "Lies, Damned Lies and Political Campaigns," with Steve Callander, Games and Economic Behavior, 2007, Vol. 60, pp. 262-286.
- “Introduction: The State of the Debate on Net Neutrality” with Jon Peha and William Lehr, International Journal of Communication, 2007, Vol. 1, pp. 709-716.
- “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.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Orin Kerr was interviewed on the legality of police departments using 3D-replicated biometrics to unlock a phone or personal device. "The government needs to get the biometric unlocking information somehow," he said, adding that "Legally, it’s no different from using fingerprints to unlock a device."
Robert K. Rasmussen
"Temporal Priority," Legal Theory Workshop, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI.
Dorothy S. Lund
"Interested Institutions: Rethinking Deference to Institutional Investor Voting," Corporate Law Academic Conference, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
Robert K. Rasmussen
"Temporal Priority," Annual FLC Distinguished Speaker Dinner, Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles, CA.