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Dr. Donald L. Alexander

Western Michigan University

Dr. Donald L. Alexander is a Professor of Economics at Western Michigan University. He received his B.S. in Economics from Bowling Green State University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Penn State University in 1983.

Alexander has held several academic and government positions throughout his professional career. From 1983 to 1984, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of William & Mary, and then an Assistant Professor at Penn State University from 1984 to 1988. He left to join the Antitrust Division at the Federal Trade Commission in 1988. From 1989 to 1991 he was an economist with the consulting firm, Capital Economics, and an economist with the International Trade Commission before joining the faculty at Western Michigan University in 1991.

Alexander has published widely in the areas of industrial organization, antitrust economics, government regulation, and sports economics in economics journals such as the Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, The Review of Industrial Organization, Economics Letters and the Journal of Sports Economics. He is the co-editor (with Werner Sichel) of the volume Networks, Infrastructure, and the New Task for Regulation (University of Michigan Press) and has contributed a chapter to the American Enterprise Institute volume Competitive Strategies in the Pharmaceutical Industry. His current research interests include entry in localized markets, competitive pricing in professional sports, and competition in health insurance markets. In 1986 and 1988, Alexander was the recipient of the Philip S. McKenna fellowship for the Study of Market Economics. 

From Dr. Donald L. Alexander

Government Should Mind Its Own E-Business

Not starting a dubious government program is as important as privatizing poorly performing, already-existing ones. State officials who want to take charge of wiring Michigan with high-speed Internet access should stay home, and MPR explains why. … more

State Provision of Internet Access: A Bad Idea Whose Time Shouldn't Come

In November, Gov. Engler announced the state would work to wire all of Michigan, including sparsely populated rural areas, with high-speed Internet cable. But rapidly changing technology and differing demands from consumers make the state's plan redundant at best and harmful to the telecommunications market at worst. … more

The State Should Mind Its Own E-Business

Over the past several years, the Internet has helped to unleash a revolution in commerce. Most of the new economic activity generated by online "e-business" has happened with little or no government involvement. But the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is looking to change that. … more

Airport Taxi Monopoly Takes Passengers for a Ride

Leave Internet Access to the Market

Government "forced access" proposals would stifle innovation, limit competition, and raise prices in the growing market for Internet access. … more

Internet Access: Government Intervention or Private Innovation?

The Internet has transformed our way of life; and new "broadband" technologies promise even greater benefits through high-speed Internet access and communications. Unfortunately, because major cable companies currently have the capacity to provide this technology to their clients, other Internet service providers (ISPs) are crying foul. They are calling the cable companies' "head start" unfair and forming alliances to get the government to force cable companies to make their high-speed broadband lines available for use by all ISPs on equal terms. This study explains why this government intervention would be a terrible idea. It analyzes market trends and technological possibilities to show that "forced access" would significantly increase costs for consumers with no benefit to show for the added expense. The study concludes that "forced access" would stifle the innovation that naturally emerges from the free play of market forces. It shows why government should not only refrain from interfering with broadband technology, but should allow competition between local cable providers in order to maximize the potential of this exciting new technology. … more

Laying Cable and Competition

Only 3% of America’s 67 million cable TV subscribers can select from competing cable companies. But consumers in Wayne and Berkley, Michigan, are showing how competition can bring in more channels for lower prices.  … more

Dow Didn’t Sue Powerful Competitors; He Outsmarted Them

Government interventionists argue that antitrust laws are needed to protect the public from Microsoft, but a lesson from Michigan history shows that brainpower and some old-fashioned free-market competition can break even the most powerful cartels. … more