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January 10, 2013
Brattle Academic Advisor Timothy Brennan Appointed Chief Economist for the Federal Communications Commission

Brattle Academic Advisor Timothy Brennan was recently appointed as the Chief Economist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In the FCC press release, Chairman Tom Wheeler said of the appointment, “I am very pleased that Tim Brennan has agreed to join the Commission as our Chief Economist. His long and distinguished consideration of regulation, competition, and monopoly issues will enable him to contribute immediately and materially to our work.”

Dr. Brennan is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future. His expertise covers topics in both antitrust and utility regulation. His utility work has focused on the telecommunications and electricity sectors, including price-caps, interconnection rules, cross-subsidization, deregulation criteria, and discrimination. His electricity-related research has looked at energy efficiency, capacity markets, real-time metering, market power assessment, vertical restructuring, transmission adequacy, and stranded costs. He has also researched topics in network effects, environmental regulation, copyright, and broadcasting policy.

Dr. Brennan has been an economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a staff consultant in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics. He was previously the senior economist on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1996-1997, and held the T.D. McDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau in 2006. He has advised competition and regulatory authorities in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK, and Uzbekistan.

Timothy J. Brennan
Academic Advisor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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