James E. Prieger is an economist specializing in regulatory economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. Previously, he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prieger has written for scholarly journals on policy topics such as the impact of telecommunications regulation on innovation, the broadband digital divide, state and local taxation of communications providers in California, and efficient universal service funding for telecommunications. His research in the area of econometrics has dealt with techniques for duration data and biased survey data.
His current research includes a project with the American Enterprise Institute to investigate whether laws banning cell phone use while driving would prevent accidents, which has been covered in Business Week. In another current set of papers, Prieger examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on retail firms, which drew the notice of Forbes.
Prieger sits on the editorial board of Applied Economics Quarterly, and his own research has been published in Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Journal of Regulatory Economics. He has also put his academic knowledge to practical use through consulting for major telecommunications companies.