Katja Seim, as Chief Economist, is based in OSP but is an advisor to the Chairman principally on economic matters. She is an Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she specializes in applied microeconomics and industrial organization. Her research focuses on two areas. First, she studies how firms make product introduction and entry decisions, how they assess the competitive implications of different market entry strategies, and how public policies and regulatory interventions shape their choices. A second focus of her research is nonlinear pricing, primarily in the context of communications and information industries. Specific topics she has worked on in this area include consumer adoption of online services; consumer choice among the commonly offered nonlinear pricing plans for such services; and the effect of entry on the characteristics of such sophisticated pricing strategies.
Katja received her PhD in Economics from Yale University and her undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College. At Wharton, Katja teaches Managerial Economics in the MBA program and an undergraduate elective in public policy design and regulation, including antitrust. Before joining Wharton, she was on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research has been published in leading journals such as American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, and the RAND Journal of Economics. Katja 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 have been 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 PhD 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.