Gregory Crawford is a professor of applied microeconomics at the University of Zürich, specializing in empirical industrial organization. He has extensive communications and media experience and served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission from 2007–2008. An expert in the broadcast, cable, and satellite television industries, Dr. Crawford has published many articles on media issues, including: the causes and consequences of bundling in cable television markets; the effects of market power over product qualities; and the impact of various regulations in these industries. He has authored projects sponsored by FCC and the UK′s Office of Communications (Ofcom) analyzing the impact of media ownership on the quantity and quality of television programming and the likely effects of reforms to advertising market regulations. Additionally, Dr. Crawford has worked on a number of litigation matters including: evaluating the liability models in the proposed Blockbuster/Hollywood Video and EchoStar/DirecTV mergers; testifying in a class-action bundling lawsuit against major content and video distributors in the United States; and testifying before the Copyright Royalty Tribunal regarding distribution of broadcast television signals.
- Submitted testimony to copyright royalty judges regarding relative market value of programming provided on distant broadcast signals.
- Advised project team on analysis of demand for advertising for the purpose of evaluating changes in regulation of advertising minutes on UK public service broadcasters. Designed econometric model and supervised implementation and description of results.
- For a consumer class action against programmers and distributors in the pay-television market, prepared empirical estimates of damages from the bundling of cable television channels.
- Consulted in FTC challenge of proposed Blockbuster/Hollywood Video merger.
- Supported analysis of liability for proposed EchoStar/DirecTV merger. Helped design econometric model of pay-television demand.
PhD, Economics, Stanford University
BA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania