James E. Prieger is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. He is an economist specializing in regulatory economics, illicit markets, applied econometrics, and industrial organization. He has written numerous articles for scholarly journals on illicit tobacco markets, state and local taxation of communications providers in California, broadband Internet access deployment and the digital divide, the impact of regulation on innovation, industry dynamics of entry and exit, and other topics. Dr. Prieger spent a year in 2008-2009 as Senior Economist with the Federal Communications Commission, advising on broadband and telecom merger policy. He has consulted for major companies in multiple industries on regulatory issues and presented at panels convened by the FCC. He holds degrees from Yale University (BA, Magna Cum Laude, Economics and Mathematics) and UC Berkeley (PhD, Economics). He previously taught at the University of California, Davis (1999-2006) and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley (2013).