Gerald R. Faulhaber

Gerald R. Faulhaber
  • Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy

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    1457 SH-DH
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: applied microeconomics, industrial organization, network neutrality for the internet, file sharing and fair use copyright, regulation, spectrum policy for wireless telecommunications, telecommunications



Gerald R. Faulhaber is Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy, and of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; he also holds a faculty appointment at the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, retiring January 1, 2009.  He served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001, where he worked on many telecommunications and Internet issues, including the AOL-Time Warner merger. Professor Faulhaber’s current research includes the wireless market, broadband public policy and markets, spectrum policy, public safety radio, file sharing and music copyright, and network neutrality.  He has published widely in professional journals, both in economics and the law, and is the author of several books, including European Economic Integration: Technological Perspectives and Telecommunications in Turmoil: Technology and Public Policy.  He has served on numerous scholarly boards and review committees and was Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference in Washington, D.C.  He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, and serves on the Board of Editors of Information Economics and Policy.  He has served on the National Research Council’s Committee for the Study on Issues in the Transborder Flow of Data. He was the founding director of Wharton’s Fishman-Davidson Center for the Study of the Service Sector, from 1984 to 1989.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Faulhaber was Director of Strategic Planning and Financial Management at AT&T, after holding the position of Head, Economics Research at Bell Laboratories.

Professor Faulhaber was a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD, Fountainebleau, France, where he engaged in research on political economy issues in the US and EU; he was also a Visiting Scholar at the Institut Analisi Economica in Barcelona, Spain, also engaged in political economy research.  He held an appointment at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, Beijing, China as a Visiting Professor, where he lectured on technology management and policy.

Professor Faulhaber received his PhD, Princeton University, 1975; MA, Princeton University, 1974; MS, New York University, 1964; AB, Haverford College, 1962

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    This seminar will explore empirical methods in health care research with an emphasis on applications in health care economics and finance. The methods covered include estimation with panel data, program evaluation models, qualitative and limited dependent variable models, stochastic frontier models, estimation with count data, and duration models. The readings consist of a blend of classic and recent empirical studies, including articles on the demand for health care and health insurance, tests for moral hazard and adverse selection, and estimation of provider cost functions. Students are required to conduct an econometric analysis of some issue within the health care field. With the permission of the instructor, the seminar is open to doctoral students from departments other than Health Care Systems.

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