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Chief and Deputy Chief Economists of the FCC

Tim Brennan, as Chief Economist, is based in OSP but -- on economic issues -- reports directly to the Chairman.  Brennan is an expert on communications and media issues and is currently a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  He also is a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF). His research has addressed topics in antitrust, regulatory economics, copyright, electricity markets, telecommunications and media policy, environmental economics, and methods and ethics in public policy. His current research is focusing on energy efficiency policies, the role of behavioral economics in cost-benefit analysis, and standards for legality of exclusionary practices in antitrust law.

Before joining the UMBC faculty in 1990, Tim was an economist with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and taught in the telecommunications policy program at George Washington University. From 1996-97, he was a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers and in 2003-05 served as a staff consultant to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. During 2006, he held the T. D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau.  He has advised on competition law internationally for authorities in countries including Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Sweden, and Uzbekistan. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. 

Brennan has co-authored two books on electricity deregulation, A Shock to the System (1996) and Alternating Currents: Electricity Markets and Public Policy (2002). He is a co-editor of Economic Inquiry and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, Information Economics and Policy, Communications Law and Policy, and the International Review of the Economics of Business.  Brennan holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, together with an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  He can be contacted by phone at (202) 418-2030.

Jonathan Levy, as Deputy Chief Economist, advises the Chief Economist principally on media policy issues. Jonathan also serves as a liaison between the Chief Economist and economists in the bureaus and offices. In addition, he is a senior economist in OSP, where his primary activities are the analysis of competition in broadcasting and multichannel video programming distribution markets and the review of proposed changes in government regulation of the mass media -- in particular broadcasting, cable television, and satellite television. He has had principal staff responsibility for a number of FCC reports and notices on home satellite dish issues. Jonathan also has participated in the design and implementation of FCC spectrum auctions in the Direct Broadcast Satellite and other services.

Prior to joining the FCC in 1980, Jonathan taught economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. In 1993, Jonathan was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the School of Humanities at the University of Technology Sydney studying US-Australian trade in television programming and film. He has written several papers on Australian media policy. Jonathan can be contacted by phone at (202) 418-2030.


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