Skip to Main Content

David E. M. Sappington

Academic Advisor
University of Florida
To contact David E. M. Sappington, please email Stephanie Schwartz at or call +1.617.864.7900

Professor Sappington is the Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Economics at the University of Florida, where he serves as the Director of the University’s Public Policy Research Center.

His ongoing research addresses a variety of regulatory policy issues, including the design and implementation of incentive regulation. His consulting interests cover regulatory and competition issues in the telecommunications, energy, postal, and health care sectors.

His past experience includes serving as the former Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission. During his tenure he worked on a variety of broadband, media, spectrum, and wireline competition issues, including reviews of proposed mergers. He has served as a Manager at Bell Communications Research and as an expert consultant for private sector clients and regulatory agencies worldwide, including the World Bank and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University.

Professor Sappington has served on the editorial boards of The American Economic Review, The Rand Journal of Economics, The Journal of Regulatory Economics, and The Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. He is the author of two books and over 80 articles in leading academic journals.

Review and Analysis of Service Quality Plan Structure. Investigation Regarding Service Quality Guidelines For Electric Distribution Companies and Local Gas Distribution Companies, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities D.P.U. 12-120. Philip Q Hanser, David E. M. Sappington, William P. Zarakas.
March 2013
Economists Letter to Obama Regarding Incentive Auctions
April 06, 2011
Published by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Regulating Service Quality: A Survey
March 2005
Published in Journal of Regulatory Economics
On the Design of Performance Measurement Plans in the Telecommunications Industry
December 2004
David E. M. Sappington and Lisa V. Wood
Published in Telecommunications Policy
On the Design of Performance Measurement Plans in the Telecommunications Industry
May 2004
Lisa V. Wood, Ian Heavers, and David E. M. Sappington
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Wholesale Pricing and Local Exchange Competition
January 2004
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Regulatory Performance Measurement Plans and the Development of Competitive Local Exchange Telecommunications Markets
November 2003
David E. M. Sappington, Glenn A. Woroch, Lisa V. Wood, and William P. Zarakas
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Economic Issues at the Federal Communications Commmission
December 2002
David E. M. Sappington, E. Kwerel, J. Levy, R. Pepper, D. Stockdale, and J. Williams
Published in The Review of Industrial Organization
The Impact of State Regulation on the U.S. Telecommunications Industry
September 2002
Published in The Journal of Regulatory Economics
The State of Performance-Based Regulation in the U.S. Electric Utility Industry
October 2001
Published in The Electricity Journal
Before the Public Service Commission of the State of Missouri, Case No. EM-96-149, White Paper on Incentive Regulation: Assessing Union Electric’s Experimental Alternative Regulation Plan, on behalf of Ameren Services Company
February 2001
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
How to Determine the X in RPI - X Regulation: A User's Guide
February 2000
David E. M. Sappington and J. Bernstein
Published in Telecommunications Policy
Designing Incentive Regulation for the Telecommunications Industry
David E. M. Sappington and D. Weisman
Published by The MIT Press
News & Events