Drivers and Effects of the Size and Composition of Telecoms Regulatory Agencies

24 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2010 Last revised: 2 Sep 2014

J. Scott Marcus

Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK)

Juan Rendon Schneir

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

Date Written: September 12, 2010

Abstract

How do the staff size and the skill mix of a regulatory agency affect the manner in which it functions, and its effectiveness in meeting its goals?

National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) for electronic communications differ greatly from one another in terms of the number and the composition of their staff, particularly in terms of the mix between lawyers, engineers, and economists. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently acknowledged the need to strengthen its economics and engineering capabilities. What can be said about the “right” size and composition for an NRA’s staff? How do staff size and composition impact the functionality and effectiveness of the agency? Could an NRA improve its effectiveness by achieving a more appropriate staffing level, or a better balance of staff skills?

Keywords: Telecommunications Regulation, NRA

JEL Classification: H11

Suggested Citation

Marcus, J. Scott and Rendon Schneir, Juan, Drivers and Effects of the Size and Composition of Telecoms Regulatory Agencies (September 12, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1675705 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1675705

J. Scott Marcus (Contact Author)

Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK) ( email )

Rhöndorfer Str. 68
53604 Bad Honnef, 53604
Germany

Juan Rendon Schneir

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd ( email )

Germany

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