Jamison’s current research interests are competition and regulation in emerging technologies, how laws and markets affect how companies use information, how antitrust affects markets and consumers, relationship of politics and regulation, and how decision making affects the successes or failures of businesses and government institutions.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (11)
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Mark Jamison: Is Big Tech anticompetitive?
Political Economy with James Pethokoukis radio
America’s biggest tech companies have revolutionized work, entertainment, and just about every aspect of life. But some in Washington are raising concerns about Big Tech, hoping to make the tech sector more competitive using antitrust action. Companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook are seen as too powerful, anticompetitive, or politically biased. Today, I’m joined by Mark Jamison to discuss the possibility of antitrust action against some of our biggest companies. Mark is the director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business and a visiting scholar at AEI.
Google should be treated as utility, Ohio argues in new lawsuit
The Wall Street Journal online
Ohio's attorney general hopes to require Google to provide the same rights for advertisements and product placement for competitors that it provides for its own services. Legal scholars said there is little precedent for the case. “I don’t know how it would be possible to come up with a way of regulating the company while protecting it from competition at the same time,” UF business professor Mark A. Jamison said.
Should Big Tech be Broken Up?
We The People Podcast radio
Investigations into several leading big tech companies – including Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon – began on Tuesday as the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the role of such companies in the decline of the news industry. Prior to the hearings, host Jeffrey Rosen sat down with anti-trust law experts Mark Jamison of the American Enterprise Institute and Barry Lynn of the Open Markets Institute to ask: if these investigations lead to increased government regulation—what might the consequences be–for big tech, antitrust law, and for the Constitution?
Valuation of digital goods during the coronavirus outbreak in the United StatesTelecommunications Policy
Mark A Jamison, Peter Wang
2021 We examine how the Coronavirus pandemic affected consumer valuation of digital services. Governments responded to the pandemic with various forms of lockdowns and social distancing, leading to increased dependence on digital services for work, social engagement, and leisure activities. We identify consumer valuations through surveys where respondents express their reservation prices for digital services such as email, search, and social media. We compare our results to surveys done in 2016 and 2017 and find an about five-fold increase in valuations.
Effects of Components on Ecosystem Value: The Case of the iPhone and Mobile BroadbandSSRN
Mark A Jamison, Peter Wang
2021 We examine how component changes affect network value. Theory indicates that increased component value can increase sales for network access. Using a panel of countries from 2003-2017, we test this by analyzing how the iPhone’s introduction in 2007 affected mobile broadband adoption. We find the iPhone and its imitators explain 60% of the average rise in mobile broadband’s growth rate. Per capita GDP mattered in developed, but not developing countries. The quality of government mattered in both types of countries, but regulation mattered more in developed countries, while rule of law mattered more in developing countries.
Adding a Warning Label to Rewheel’s International Price Comparison and Competitiveness RankingsSSRN
Christian Michael Dippon, James Alleman, Teodosio Perez Amaral, Aniruddha Banerjee, Gaël Campan, Jeffrey Church, Robert Crandall, Eric Fruits, Bronwyn Howell, Jerry A Hausman, Justin Gus Hurwitz, Mark A Jamison, Seongcheol Kim, Roslyn Layton, Stanford L Levin, Daniel Lyons, Geoffrey A Manne, Petrus H Potgieter, Paul Rappoport, Georg Serentschy, Lester D Taylor, Dennis Weisman, Jason Whalley, Xu Yan
2020 Rewheel, a Finnish consultancy, periodically issues reports that it portrays as international competitiveness comparisons of retail prices for mobile wireless services across the globe. However, these comparisons are not accurate representations of the state of competition in the mobile wireless world. In these reports, Rewheel assigns providers and countries international ranks and labels competitive/non-competitive. While the internet is a fabulous means of communications, the Digital Fuel Monitor by Rewheel/research is a prime example of online misinformation. To curb the spread of false information, social media platforms have started applying warning labels to content they believe the facts do not support. Still, far too many false claims have attracted attention because separating fact from fiction often requires specific expertise. Given the many theoretical and practical flaws and errors contained in the Rewheel study, the authors find it of no value when comparing prices internationally or establishing the level of competition in a country. A warning label informing readers about the lack of intellectual rigor and the misleading and incorrect nature of the Rewheel study’s results is appropriate and recommended.
The Regulatory Labyrinth that Inhibits Federal DeregulationSSRN
Mark A Jamison
2020 An outdated statutory framework and legacy regulations in the United States have created a labyrinth that constrains the Federal Communications Commission from adequately responding to the impending disappearance of traditional voice telephony. This outdated telephone service is not even a shadow of its former self: the number of telephone lines in 2018 was the same as in 1950, despite the U.S. population more than doubling and the total number of voice-capable telecom connections exploding 700 percent over the same period. Yet this waning service remains under an intricate regulatory system involving federal and state authorities. There is but one way out of the labyrinth – comprehensive deregulation that immunizes against regulatory temptations – allowing the remaining service providers and their customers to manage the transition to a fully broadband world. Efforts to deregulate piecemeal are well intentioned and can help in certain contexts, but could also trip over legacy structures, resulting in worse outcomes for users and providers of traditional voice services.
The Influence of Broadband on People’s Mobility During Early Stages of COVID-19SSRN
Mark A Jamison, Peter Wang
2020 We examine people’s tendencies to stay at home and go to traditional places of work during the early stages of the pandemic in the United States. We found no statistically significant impact of home broadband on people’s tendency to stay at home. We did find home broadband to have a small, but statistically significant negative impact on people’s tendency to go to their traditional workplaces. Age demographics, household income, college education, proportion of blue-collar jobs, and metropolitan status were more important factors in explaining people’s tendencies to stay in lockdown.