FCC Names Steven Wildman Chief Economist
January 2, 2013 at 4:30 AM (PT)
The FCC has named MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Professor STEVEN WILDMAN as Chief Economist, effective this month. WILDMAN replaces MARIUS SCHWARTZ, who is returning to academia as a Professor of Economics at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY.
Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI said, “I’m very pleased that STEVE will be joining the Commission. He has a stellar record as an economist and has conducted important research on broadband adoption and spectrum management, among other topics. The Chief Economist’s role and office are critical to the agency’s work and its understanding of complex economic issues related to the communications sector.
"I would also like to commend and thank our outgoing Chief Economist MARIUS SCHWARTZ. MARIUS was an outstanding Chief Economist, who applied his deep economic expertise and problem solving abilities daily to our most challenging initiatives. The Commission has relied heavily on his input and analysis to make key decisions, and his work substantially bolstered the FCC’s economic capabilities.”