As Chief Economist, Jerry Ellig is based in OSP but is an advisor on economic issues to the Chairman, Commissioners, and Bureaus and Offices. He also will assist the agency in creating an Office of Economics and Analytics to provide economic analysis for rulemakings, transactions, and auctions; manage the commission's data resources; and conduct longer-term research on ways to improve the commission's policies. Jerry's published scholarly work focuses on the role of economic analysis in the U.S. regulatory process, competition policy in telecommunications, broadband and electronic commerce, and performance management in government agencies. Prior to joining the FCC staff, he published a series of papers that assess the quality and use of regulatory impact analysis in both executive branch and independent agencies.
Jerry has worked as a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 1996. He previously served in the federal government as deputy director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (2001-03) and as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress (1995-96). He has also served as an associate professor of economics and adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. He holds a PhD and MA in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and a BA in economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Jerry 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.