About the Author

Dr. Donald Alexander is associate professor of economics at Western Michigan University and an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. His expertise includes antitrust law and regulation of the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries—topics he has explored in articles for Applied Economics, Southern Economic Journal, The Review of Industrial Organization, and other scholarly journals.

Dr. Alexander is the editor of a volume of essays, Telecommunications Policy: Have Regulators Dialed a Wrong Number?, and co-editor of another volume, Networks, Infrastructure, and the New Task for Regulation. He is also the author of Mackinac Center Viewpoints on anti-trust law and telecommunications.

Dr. Alexander has held several professional academic and government positions throughout his career. From 1983 to 1984, he was visiting assistant professor at The College of William & Mary and then assistant professor at Penn State University from 1984 to 1988. In 1988, he joined the Antitrust Division of the Federal Trade Commission. From 1989 to 1991, he served as an economist first with the consulting firm Capital Economics and later with the International Trade Commission. In 1986 and 1988, Dr. Alexander was the recipient of the Philip S. McKenna fellowship for the Study of Market Economics.

He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Bowling Green State University in 1978 and his Ph. D. in economics from Penn State University in 1983. He has been a member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars since 1994.