Pai names Jeffery Prince as FCC chief economist
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has appointed Jeffrey Prince (pictured) as the chief economist of the FCC.
Prince currently serves as a professor of business economics and public policy at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
“Dr Prince’s wealth of experience and research on the telecommunications market and Internet adoption will be of great value to the office of economics and analytics and the entire commission,” said Pai. “I’m pleased that Dr Prince has agreed to join the agency and look forward to his input on the economic aspects of important policy issues such as closing the digital divide and auction design and execution.”
In his new role as economist, Prince will advise chairman, commissioners, bureaus and offices on economic issues and will typically serve a one-year term. Due to start his new role on September 3, Prince will work within the newly established office of economics and analytics.
“We are grateful to have Dr Prince join our team,” said Giulia McHenry, acting chief of the office of economics and analytics. “He brings a deep understanding of many of the issues our office deals with on a daily basis, and his knowledge and insight will be important additions to our work.”
In welcoming Prince, Pai also thanked the exiting chief economist for her work during her term.
“Dr Boliek’s keen understanding of the intersection of law and economics proved to be an incredible asset as the Commission was creating the Office of Economics and Analytics. Many of the items we worked on and processes we established over the past year were greatly strengthened by her input. I very much appreciate her efforts and wish her well as she returns to Pepperdine.”
Prince is also the Harold A. Poling chair in Strategic Management and the co-director of the Institute for Business Analytics at the Kelley School of Business. Prince’s research at Indiana primarily focuses on the fields of industrial organisation and applied econometrics. He has published works on dynamic demand for computers, Internet adoption and usage, the inception of online/offline product competition, and telecom bundling.