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Evan Kwerel


Senior Economic Advisor, Office of Economics and Analytics, FCC

Evan Kwerel is Senior Economic Advisor in the Office of Economics and Analytics at the Federal Communications Commission. He has worked on a broad range of spectrum policy issues and has been a proponent of market-based approaches to spectrum management. He conceived the “broadcast incentive auction” - the world’s first two-sided auction to repurpose spectrum - and helped shape the bill to authorize it. After Congress enacted authorizing legislation, he was the key

policy advisor on the Incentive Auction Task Force. In 1993, after Congress granted the FCC auction authority, he was the primary architect of the FCC's innovative simultaneous multiple round auction methodology. He was also a major intellectual force in the development of price caps as a

replacement for rate-of-return regulation and reforming the regulation of international telecom facilities and rates.

Dr. Kwerel received his B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. From 1976 to 1982, he was an assistant professor of economics at Yale University. In 1981 he was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, and from 1982 to 1983, he was a senior economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He joined the FCC in 1983. In October 2021, the Partnership for Public

Service awarded him the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

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