Phoenix’ Ford Skewers Harvard Berkman Competence

November 12, 2009

Anyone who cares about the competence of the studies the FCC has commissioned/outsourced to produce the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, needs to read George Ford’s devastating critique of the economic literacy of Harvard Professor Benkler’s broadband survey for the FCC.

In a nutshell, the econometric analysis Professor Benkler relied on would have earned a failing grade in any Harvard economics class, because the supply curve slopes in the wrong direction. Oops!

To be fair, Professor Benkler is a law Professor not an economist, but even an undergrad economics 101 student could have caught the fatal flaw in the analysis Professor Benkler relies upon.

The FCC should insist that Harvard employ competent reviewers to ensure that the basic information and analysis provided to the FCC is at least minimally competent in the disciplines covered by the survey.

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