Economics of communications and information industries and systems.
areas of focus
broadband, mobile, telecommunications liberalization,
convergence, economics of intellectual
Affiliated faculty, Program
in Health Services and Policy Analysis.
B.S., Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.A., Economics, Stanford University
Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University
Yale M. Braunstein
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and answers on spectrum & policy issues (HTML version).
and answers on spectrum & policy issues (PDF version).
This analysis covers many of the key issues in the policy debate on
efficient use of the mobile telecommunications spectrum in the U.S.
It was prompted by ongoing debates at the Federal Communications
Commission, the National Broadband Plan and issues related to the
proposed merger of AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.
2003] Braunstein & Kalba paper on "3G Optimism".
is a PDF
file of the paper presented at
2003 MoMuC conference (Munich, Germany).
(Approx. 90 KB)
& Presentations on the Financial Crisis and Bailout
Spring 2009 class, INFO 231: Economics of Information, has put
Us the Information Already: A working primer on the role of information
and information failures in the ongoing financial crisis and the
proposed bailout plans. Follow this
link for additional information.
Re-thinking Industry Structure under Convergence
is an on-going collection of projects related to market structure in
what traditionally were separate industries—voice telephony,
data communications, video delivery, and internet access. Specific
assignments have included:
Issues of Local Regulatory Forbearance
the emergence of true facilities-based competition for wired voice and
video services in many markets, directly competing services are being
offered by major carriers. However, these are still likely to be priced
at other than competitive levels. The transition from monopoly to
(less-than perfect) competition has also brought about distributional
issues such as cream skimming. This paper provides a context for the
analysis of this problem and explores possible solutions.
Response to Telecom-Video-Data Convergence
have pulled several of the key points and findings from the research
described above into a single presentation at the Center for
Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).
With the emergence of true-facilities-based
competition for wired voice, broadband, and video services in many
markets, directly competing services are being offered by major
carriers. However, these are still likely to be priced at other than
competitive levels. The transition from monopoly to (less-than perfect)
competition has also brought about distributional issues such as cream
skimming. This talk provides a context for the analysis of this problem
and explores possible solutions.
to the presentation (video and slides) at the CITRIS website.
link to the video of the
presentation at You Tube.
of Intellectual Property Rights
major focus of my work has been on the economic issues related to
ownership of intellectual property. A publications list with some links
is on a separate
Grau, Hess & Braunstein paper on "Dissemination of Content
Reutilization Practices..." Abstract
at Journal of Media Business
Studies (JOMBS, 2006). PDF
file with scan of the paper
(Approx. 1 MB).
FCC's Financial Qualification Requirements: Economic Evaluation of a
Barrier to Entry for Minority Broadcasters," FCLJ,
Vol. 53, Number 1.
text available at the Federal
Communications Law Journal
web site. See my "special
download" page for financial
model spreadsheet (in PDF format) that accompanies the article.