I am a Research Assistant Professor at the Quello Center in the Department of Media and Information and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Michigan State University.  I am an economist by training with a research focus on vertical arrangements and structural changes between firms as well as in firm price discrimination strategies. In my recent work at the Quello Center, I have delved into these issues in the context of regulation in media and information markets, including with regard to network neutrality, price cap regulation of upstream wireline service markets, and wireless deployment.

In my most recent research, I focus on various regulatory issues in telecommunications markets.  One line of research concerns network neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISP) from price discriminating among edge Internet users at the point of termination.   This includes an attempt to empirically assess the investment impact of net neutrality as well as a separate theoretical investigation of ISP pricing practices that have taken root in light of network neutrality regulations.  I am also presently researching price cap regulation in markets where firms supply their rivals.  This research is motivated by ongoing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceedings in the market for business data services—dedicated high-capacity connections used by businesses and institutions to transmit their voice and data traffic—in which price cap regulated Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) often sell access to Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs).

Prior to joining the Quello Center, I was an Industry Economist in the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB).  At the FCC, I advised senior-level policymakers on economic and regulatory issues.  I have provided economic expertise on various rule makings, mergers, and secondary market transactions involving the allocation of electromagnetic spectrum for mobile use.  In 2013, I received the FCC’s Excellence in Economic Analysis Award for my contribution to the analysis of an infrastructure joint venture between two wireless providers (see Award Letter and WT Docket 12-187).  This work motivated my recent research on production joint ventures.

I earned a Ph.D. in economics at Washington University in St. Louis (WUStL).  It was at WUStL that I first developed my interest in industrial organization.  My Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Essays on Consumer Shopping Behavior and Price Dispersion” (view dissertation) explored how firm policies and characteristics influence consumer shopping behavior in the presence of information asymmetries and in turn, how shopping behavior affects firm price and non-price policy.  As a graduate student, I taught or assisted in teaching various microeconomics classes.  In recognition of my teaching, I received the 2009 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Award Letter) and the 2008 Economics Department Teaching Assistant Award (Award Letter).

In 1989, my family immigrated from Kiev, Ukraine to the United States (which I distinctly recall thinking of as the “Land of Bubblegum”).  I spent the remainder of my childhood and most of my adolescence in Brooklyn, NY, where I developed my taste for pizza and honed my Russian/Jersey Shore accent.  I entered my twenties in scenic Binghamton, NY, where I got my first taste of economics and later decided to move to the Midwest because I was hungry for more.  A lifelong passion was born.  My interests outside economics include reading and on occasion writing fantasy and science fiction, cooking, hiking, and rock climbing.  I also enjoy democracy, making people laugh, long walks and radiant sunsets (more so in the company of my wonderful wife).