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Katja Seim Appointed FCC Chief Economist; Tom Wheeler Comments

FCCSealKatja Seim, Wharton School associate professor of business economics and public policy, has been appointed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler as the agency’s chief economist and will start in the role July 1.

FCC said Friday Seim will also join the agency’s office of strategic planning and policy analysis and advise the chairman on economic issues.

“Given the vital importance of economics to the Commission’s work, it is essential that we have exceptionally-qualified individuals like Professor Katja Seim involved,” said Wheeler.

“In today’s world, it is vital that public policy and business economics are understood as interrelated fields.

Seim will succeed Jonathan Levy, who will return to his role as deputy chief economist for the FCC.

She also holds an undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Franklin & Marshall college and a doctorate degree in economics from Yale.

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