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April 24, 2013
Brattle Associate Giulia McHenry Presents at Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Workshop

Brattle associate Giulia McHenry recently presented on a panel, “Economics Research Challenges and Opportunities,” at the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Senior Steering Group’s Workshop, which took place April 23 – 24, 2013 in Cambridge, MA.

The Steering Group was formed to coordinate spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. The purpose is two-fold: to help coordinate and inform ongoing activities across federal agencies, and to facilitate the identification of shortcomings in the government’s research and development portfolio with respect to technologies that allow a more efficient use of spectrum.

There is a tradeoff that sometimes exists between economic efficiency and other public policy objectives when determining how spectrum is managed and when allocation decisions are made. When making spectrum sharing decisions and implementing policies, regulators and policy-makers alike should weigh the foregone economic value against the perceived social welfare of other policy objectives. In her presentation, “The Economics of Spectrum Sharing,” Dr. McHenry discussed her work in applying basic principles of spectrum value to assess the inherent cost of spectrum sharing.

For more information, please visit the workshop’s website.