Convergence or Divergence? Global Regulation and the Digital Economy with Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach.
On 2 April at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Jeffrey Eisenach, a leading regulatory economist and a global expert on content filtering technology, discussed the prospects for global regulation of the digital economy.
Jeffrey A. Eisenach is Chairman of the Criterion Economics consulting firm in Washington DC and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School- Lowy Institute for International Policy
Jeffrey A. Eisenach
Jeffrey A. Eisenach is Chairman of Criterion Economics and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School. He has more than 25 years experience performing economic analyses of competition, regulatory, and public policy issues, and has served in senior policy positions at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He has also served on the faculties of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Dr. Eisenach's practice focuses on economic analysis of competition and consumer protection issues. He has submitted expert reports and testified in litigation matters, as well in regulatory proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and several state public utility commissions, and he has testified before Congress on multiple occasions.
He is the author or co-author of eight books, including The Digital Economy Fact Book, The Telecom Revolution: An American Opportunity and America's Fiscal Future: Controlling the Federal Deficit in the 1990s. In addition, he has edited or co-edited five books, including Communications Deregulation and FCC Reform: What Comes Next? and Competition, Innovation and the Microsoft Monopoly: Antitrust in the Digital Marketplace. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals as well as in such popular outlets as Forbes, Investors Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Times.
In 1993, Dr. Eisenach co-founded The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank focused on issues affecting the high-tech sector of the economy. As President of the Foundation from 1993 through 2002, he led the Foundation's research on a wide range of issues, including antitrust policy, intellectual property, communications regulation, FDA regulation of pharmaceutical products, and FERC regulation of the electricity sector.
Among his other previous affiliations, Dr. Eisenach has served as a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Hudson Institute; as a consultant to the U.S. Sentencing Commission (on corporate sentencing guidelines); and as a member of the 1980-81 Reagan-Bush Transition Team on the Federal Trade Commission, the 2000-2001 Bush-Cheney Transition Team on the Federal Communications Commission, the Virginia Governor's Commission on E-Communities, and the Virginia Attorney General's Task Force on Identity Theft. He remains a member of the board of directors of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, and also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Pew Project on the Internet and American Life and the Washington Mutual Investors Fund.
Before joining Criterion, Eisenach served as Chairman of CapAnalysis, the economic consulting arm of the world's largest antitrust law firm, Howrey LLC.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in economics from Claremont McKenna College.
Criterion Economics Chairman Jeffrey A. Eisenach illustrates the complications in enforcing copyright regulation internationally, citing The Pirate Bay, a peer-to-peer file sharing network that was started in Sweden.