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Simon Wilkie

Simon Wilkie

Professor of Economics and Law

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Last Updated: July 5, 2018




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.

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Book Chapters

  • “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

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 13, 2019
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr was quoted about a study that sought to determine if a grader's political affiliation resulted in grading bias. "It's common for conservative students at predominantly liberal campuses to feel that it's better for them to be quiet," especially in class, said Kerr. "We need good studies on this."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Jonathan Barnett
December, 2018

Jonathan Barnett co-authored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission in response to a request for public comments following Hearings #4 on Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy. 

Dorothy S. Lund
December, 2018

"Nonvoting Shares and Efficient Corporate Governance," Ackerman Conference on Differential Voting Shares, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Orin Kerr
December, 2018

"Implementing Carpenter" posted to SSRN.