Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Jerry Ellig as FCC chief economist. Dr. Ellig currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (GMU). Dr. Ellig was a professor and colleague of mine while I was a student at GMU and a graduate fellow at the Mercatus Center. Together, we coauthored a paper entitled "Preventing a Regulatory Train Wreck: Mandating Regulation and the Cautionary Tale of Positive Train Control."
Dr. Ellig is an expert on cost-benefit and regulatory impact analyses. His expertise will go a long way towards achieving Chairman Pai's goal of implementing stringent economic analyses into the FCC's rulemaking proceedings.
Great choice by Chairman Pai and congratulations to Dr. Jerry Ellig!