July 5, 2017

Ellig Named Chief Economist for the Federal Communications Commission

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The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to announce that Senior Research Fellow Jerry Ellig has been named chief economist for the Federal Communications Commission. Ellig will take a leave of absence from Mercatus to serve the one-year term which begins on July 10, 2017.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to advise a regulatory commission whose chairman has publicly committed to improving the quality and use of economic analysis for rulemakings and long-term planning,” Ellig said. “This is the ultimate challenge for a researcher in public policy: to show how scholarly research has practical value for decision-makers.”

Ellig joined the Mercatus Center in 1996, focusing on topics including the role of economic analysis in the U.S. regulatory process, competition policy in telecommunications, and broadband and electronic commerce. He previously served as deputy director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (2001-2003) and as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress (1995-1996). He holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and a B.A. in economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

“Jerry’s research at Mercatus highlights the need for quality regulatory analysis at both executive branch and independent federal agencies,” said Tyler Cowen, general director of the Mercatus Center. “His thorough understanding of the federal rulemaking process makes him an excellent choice for this position.”

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