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March 8, 2013
Dr. Hal Singer, a Managing Director and Principal at Navigant Economics, has released a new report titled "The Consumer Benefits of Efficient Mobile-Number-Portability Administration." Dr. Singer finds that Americans have the most efficient number portability system in the world, resulting in billions of dollars in annual savings for wireless customers. In addition, any disruption to the number portability system’s efficiency could potentially have a significant impact on wireless consumers. To read the report, please click here.
February 14, 2013
Jeff Eisenach, a Managing Director and Principal at Navigant Economics, was interviewed during Fox Business’ “The Willis Report” on Wednesday, February 13. During the interview, Dr. Eisenach discusses the cyber security executive order. Please click here to watch.
January 31, 2013
Brookings Institution Press has published an e-book by Navigant’s Hal Singer, titled The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century. Dr. Singer and his co-author, Dr. Robert Litan, Director of Research at Bloomberg Government, argue that given the speed of innovation in the telecom industry, the Federal Communications Commission’s outdated policies and rules are inhibiting investment, specifically in fast broadband networks. The e-book is now available in the Kindle edition. Dr. Singer and Dr. Litan were interviewed on C-SPAN’s The Communicators show to discuss the book.
January 2, 2013
Dr. Hal Singer, Navigant Economics Managing Director, is speaking on January 3 at the Phoenix Center’s 2012 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium. He will give a preview of his forthcoming e-book, The Need for Speed (Brookings 2013), which offers specific policies to expand broadband deployment and to reform the Federal Communications Commission. Other panelists include U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn and FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell. The event will be held at the Washington D.C. University Club, which is located at 1135 16th Street, N.W.
December 5, 2012
Navigant (NYSE: NCI) announced today that it has acquired the business of AFE Consulting (AFE), an economic consulting firm providing expert and advisory services to clients with legal, business, and other analytical challenges. The addition of Dr. Mukesh Bajaj, founder of AFE, along with 30 AFE professionals, results in a Navigant Economics team of more than 130 professionals. The acquisition of AFE also strengthens Navigant Economics’ presence in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Please click here for the press release.
November 28, 2012
Jeff Eisenach, Navigant Economics Managing Director, testified today before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet in Washington, D.C. The hearing, “Music Licensing Part One: Legislation in the 112th Congress,” focused on the sound recording performance right. For Dr. Eisenach’s written testimony, please click here.
November 14, 2012
Navigant Economics Managing Director, Hal Singer, will be speaking at an upcoming Brookings event titled “Internet Everywhere: Broadband as a Catalyst for the Digital Economy,” on Tuesday, November 27 from 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. Dr. Singer along with Robert Litan, Director of Research with Bloomberg, will present policy recommendations from their soon-to-be-published e-book, The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century (Brookings Press, 2013). To register to attend, click here.
November 5, 2012
The journal Research in Law and Economics recently published an article co-authored by Navigant Economics Managing Director, James Langenfeld titled Economic Analysis of Allegations in Cigarette Litigations and the Impact of FTC Regulation. The article discusses recent cases brought against cigarette manufacturers and the economic evidence behind the allegations made against the manufacturers. The article is available here.
November 1, 2012
Navigant Economics Managing Director, James Langenfeld and Director, Stephan Levy recently contributed a chapter to The Handbook of Competition of Economics 2013 – a Global Competition Review special report – www.GlobalCompetitionReview.com. Their chapter provides an overview of happenings in competition law and economics in the United States. They discuss recent developments in monopolization actions, merger control, cartel matters, ‘pay-for-delay’ pharmaceutical cases, and the use of economic experts in antitrust litigation.
October 31, 2012
Jeff Eisenach, Navigant Economics Managing Director, will be moderating two upcoming American Enterprise Institute panels. The Economics of Carbon Taxes discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Beginning at 3:20p.m., Dr. Eisenach will be moderating the “Compensation and Use of Revenues” panel. On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, Dr. Eisenach will be moderating a discussion titled International Regulation of the Internet: The US View from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
October 22, 2012
Navigant Economics Managing Director Jeff Eisenach’s paper, Broadband Competition in the Internet Ecosystem was released last week by the American Enterprise Institute as an AEI Economic Study. The paper discusses the competitive dynamics of high-tech markets and explains that the competitive characteristics of broadband markets are similar to those of the other markets that make up the Internet ecosystem, such as applications, hardware and operating systems. The paper is available here.
October 3, 2012
Jeff Eisenach, Navigant Economics Managing Director, will be a speaker at an American Enterprise Institute luncheon this Friday, October 5, 2012 from 12:30p.m.-2:00p.m. The panel will be discussing Google and anti-trust: The new debate over Internet search. Also featured on the panel are, Randal Picker of University of Chicago, George Priest of Yale University and Gregory Sidak of Criterion Economics. To RSVP to this event, click here.
September 28, 2012
Navigant Economics Managing Director, Cathy Niden will moderate a panel discussion at the Thomson Reuters 25th Annual ERISA Litigation Conference on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at The City Club of San Francisco. Also featured on the panel are, Teresa Renaker of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. and Brian Boyle of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. This panel will discuss recent developments in ERISA class certification. The conference will be held from 9:00a.m. to 5:15p.m. and will feature leading ERISA counsel from the defense and plaintiffs’ bar. Timothy Hauser, Associate Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, will give the Keynote Address.
September 26, 2012
Kevin Caves, Navigant Economics Director and Jeff Eisenach, Navigant Economics Managing Director recently published an article titled, "Economic and Legal Aspects of FLSA Exemptions: A Case Study of Companion Care," in the peer-reviewed Labor Law Journal. The authors estimate that the demand for companion care services is elastic, such that output is sensitive to increases in the cost of labor. They conclude that the application of Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to these services would have substantial costs.
September 10, 2012
The Journal of Competition Law and Economics published an article by Drs. Kevin Caves and Hal Singer titled Assessing Bundled and Share-Based Loyalty Rebates: Application to the Pharmaceutical Industry. The article analyzes legal and economic tests designed to distinguish procompetitive bundles from anticompetitive ones. To implement a consumer-welfare test, economists have proposed comparing the price of the tying good before and after the implementation of the bundled rebate. Drs. Caves and Singer propose a framework that builds on these concepts, expanding the analysis to model fluctuations in market conditions. In a review of three recent cases in the pharmaceutical industry, they find that comparisons based on a simple before-after approach are often clouded by confounding factors. By explicitly modeling shifts in demand and cost structures, their proposed framework provides a more robust mechanism for applying these consumer-welfare-based tests.
September 4, 2012
Jeff Eisenach, Navigant Economics Managing Director will be a guest speaker at the USTelecom Breakfast Meeting: Broadband Internet Competition in the Digital Age on Friday, September 14 from 8:30a.m.-10:30a.m. Dr. Eisenach will be joined by Robert Atkinson and Jonathan Sallet on an interactive discussion of their views on the dynamics of broadband competition: Sallet's "Broadband Value Circle" and Eisenach's "Theories of Broadband Competition." To register, click here.
August 16, 2012
Sophie Yang, Navigant Economics Associate Director, and Tom Vander Veen, Navigant Economics Director and Principal, recently published an article “Can We ‘Spot’ Price-Fixing from Price Patterns?” in the American Bar Association Economics Committee Newsletter. They showed different “optical illusions” of the price patterns and reviewed the economic approaches to isolate and measure the effect of conspiracy from the impact of other supply and demand factors.
July 24, 2012
Cathy Niden, Navigant Economics Managing Director, will be a guest speaker at the ABA Annual Meeting, JCEB Program on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Dr. Niden will be joined by Nicole Eichberger of Proskauer Rose, Deborah Davidson of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Teresa Renaker of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson. The tile of the session is "Where ERISA Class Action Litigation Intersects With Other Areas of the Law: Claims May Change, But the Rules Are the Same."
July 2, 2012
Hal Singer’s essay on net neutrality, co-authored with Navigant Economics Senior Expert Robert Litan, was selected for reprinting in a new book titled The Economist's Voice 2.0: The Financial Crisis, Health Care Reform, and More. Edited by Aaron Edlin and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, this book is the second installment of the strongest essays published in The Economists’ Voice from 2010 to 2011. Drs. Singer and Litan argue that, by requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer enhanced services for free, the FCC's net neutrality rule will diminish investment in the telecom sector, which is sorely needed to spur job creation. Rather than ban contracts for enhanced services, the authors suggest that the FCC look to communications law for guidance in addressing discrimination complaints on an ex post, case-by-case basis. Other contributors to the book include Judge Richard Posner, Yale’s Robert Shiller, and Harvard’s Lucian Bebchuk.
June 14, 2012
Consumers are not likely to be impacted by oil refinery upgrade costs resulting from the EPA's proposed Tier 3 regulation of sulphur in gasoline, according to a new study conducted by Managing Directors George Schink and Hal Singer of Navigant Economics. The study analyzed the economic implications of the EPA proposal and found that while the cost to oil refineries would rise by at most one cent per gallon, the cost would not likely be felt at the gas pump by consumers. The study further shows that the social and environmental benefits from Tier 3 would far outweigh the private costs. These benefits include $5 to $6 billion in health benefits from cleaner air by 2020, and the creation of almost 30,000 full-time jobs for installation and operation of refinery upgrades. To read the full study, click here.
May 17, 2012
Michael Hartzmark, Navigant Economics Managing Director, and Nejat Seyhun, Navigant Economics Affiliate and the Jerome B. & Eilene M. York Professor of Business Administration & Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan, recently published an article in the Virginia Law and Business Review. They analyzed the caveats associated with using event studies to prove cause and effect in securities class certification matters. They also introduced an innovative empirical test – a “reverse event study” – to help properly determine whether a security trades in an efficient market.
March 8, 2012
Cathy Niden, Navigant Economics Managing Director will be a guest speaker at ErisaFest 2012 on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Dr. Niden will be joined by Robert Rachal and Myron Rumeld of Proskauer Rose. The tile of the session is "The Implications of Wal-Mart v. Dukes in ERISA Litigation and Other Class Action Issues."
March 6, 2012
Navigant Economics is hosting a reception during the 2012 ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting on March 29, 2012, 6-7:30 p.m., at the JW Marriott (Salon F) in Washington, D.C. If you are planning to attend the conference and would like to join us for an evening of cocktails and live music, please contact Katia Naamo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202.973.2464.
February 8, 2012
Michael Hartzmark, Navigant Economics Managing Director, and Nejat Seyhun, Navigant Economics Affiliate and the Jerome B. & Eilene M. York Professor of Business Administration & Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan, recently published an article in the Columbia Business Law Review. Entitled “Fraud on the Market: Analysis of the Efficiency of the Corporate Bond Market”, the paper involves an analyses of bond market efficiency in the context of a recent court decision concerning allegations of securities fraud perpetrated by the American International Group. The salient differences between the stock market and the corporate bond market are analyzed and discussed in light of the court’s view of the empirical evidence presented.
January 26, 2012
The Milken Institute Review published a book review by Navigant Economics Managing Director Hal Singer on Tim Wu's Master Switch. In his review, Dr. Singer analyzes Mr. Wu's assessment of vertical integration in media industries, and he critiques Mr. Wu's prescription of a "separations principle" that would separate the ownership of content and distribution. Dr. Singer draws on his experience in program-carriage disputes in the cable television industry to suggest an alternative approach to regulating discrimination on the Internet.
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