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James Prieger

Professor of Public Policy
School of Public Policy


James E. Prieger is an economist specializing in regulatory economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. Previously, he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prieger has written for scholarly journals on a diverse array of policy topics such as the impact of telecommunications regulation on innovation; broadband deployment and the digital divide; the impact of the broadband provisions of ARRA (the 2009 stimulus bill); whether cell phone use causes traffic accidents; the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on retail firms; applications barriers to entry in network markets; entrepreneurship, R&D, and economic growth; the determinants of civic engagement; minority entrepreneurship; and tobacco taxes and illicit markets.

Prieger currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the Reason Foundation and participates as an academic advisory board member for The Free State Foundation. Prieger sits on the editorial boards of Applied Economics Quarterly and the International Journal of Business Environment, and his own research has been published in Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, and elsewhere. Prieger spent a year in 2008-2009 as Senior Economist with the Federal Communications Commission, advising on broadband and telecom merger policy. He has consulted for major telecommunications and other companies on regulatory issues and presented at panels convened by the FCC.


  • PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Economics and Mathematics, Yale University

Areas of Expertise

  • Broadband Policy
  • Cigarette Tax and Illicit Trade
  • Economics
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Telecommunication


  • Economic Regulation of Natural Monopolies (Telecom, Broadband)
  • Economics of Broadband Internet Markets (Supply and Demand)
  • Tobacco Control Policy (Novel Tobacco Products)
  • Entrepreneurship and New Business Information