Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

(2015) Journal of Economic Studies, 42(4) pp. 622 - 640. 

Working Papers

“Entry Threats From Municipal Broadband Internet and Impacts on Private Provider Quality” (Job Market Paper) 

Deploying municipally-run broadband Internet to deliver high-speed access is an increasingly popular idea among local communities. These public networks often operate alongside private incumbent networks and may have substantial effects on the competitive landscape. This research design exploits variation in cities that have a municipal electric utility (MEU), which reduces barriers to entry for municipal providers, and state-level regulation, which restricts public entry into broadband markets. Using these market differences, I investigate whether incumbents offer higher speeds to deter public entry or underinvest in speed due to crowding out. Estimates indicate that the presence of an MEU is associated with lower maximum upload and download speeds offered by private cable and DSL providers. In states where municipal entry is made more difficult by regulation, these effects disappear. Therefore, restrictive regulation of municipal broadband has a non-trivial effect on competition. Negative effects are reduced in communities with lower or less dense populations. 

"Two, Three, or Four Providers? Converging to Competition in Broadband Internet"


"Rockets and Feathers in Electricity Generated by Natural Gas? Implications for Market Power"


Works in Progress

"Measuring Incumbent Response to Municipal Broadband Opt-out Referenda in Colorado"

"Do Political Protests Still Matter? A Re-evaluation for 2017" (with Steven Pawlowski)"

"Agglomeration, Growth, and Survival in Craft Brewing" (with Kevin Chiu and Levon Mikaelian)"
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