Media and Information Faculty

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Johannes M. Bauer Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor
Media and Information


Johannes M. Bauer is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Since January 2013 he also serves as the Department Chair. He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. His experience at MSU is complemented by extended stays as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (Summer 2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). His research covers a wide range of issues related to innovation in information and communication technology industries (ICT), business models of national and global players, as well as the public policy and governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICT for society. He has developed and used computational methods to examine the effects of governance on advanced communications infrastructure and applied big data analytical methods to problems of information security. He currently serves as member of the boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) and the International Telecommunications Society (ITS). He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Roles & Responsibilities
Associate Editor, Telecommunications Policy; Member of the Board of Directors, Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC); Member of the Board, International Telecommunications Society (ITS); Director of Special Projects, Quello Center for Media and Information Policy.

Key Research Interest
My research, teaching and writing focuses on the digital economy, with a particular interest in how the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT) can be fully utilized while their potential downsides can be avoided. Much of his work is international and comparative in scope. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and other organizations, my research is published in leading journals in the field, such as Information Economics and Policy, Government Information Quarterly, Information Systems Frontiers, the International Journal of Communications, Telecommunications Policy, and The Information Society.

Project Title & Source
The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet (The World Bank); Modeling the Dynamics of Telecommunication Equipment Markets (Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House); Improving Governance for Next-generation ICT Infrastructure (National Science Foundation)

Recent Publications

  • Bauer, Johannes M. (2015), Governing the mobile broadband ecosystem, International Telecommunications Policy Review, 22(2), pp. 1-26.
  • Bauer, Johannes M. (2014), “Platforms, systems competition, and innovation: reassessing the foundations of communications policy”, Telecommunications Policy, 38(8-9), pp. 662-673.
  • Bauer, Johannes M., Madden, Gary, & Morey, Aaron (2014), “Effects of economic conditions and policy interventions on OECD broadband adoption”, Applied Economics, 46(12), pp. 1361-1372.
  • Bauer, Johannes M. & Obar, Jonathan A. (2014), “Reconciling political and economic goals in the net neutrality debate”, The Information Society, 30(1), pp. 1-19.

Recent Grants

  • “Modeling telecommunications markets and technologies”, coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), The White House; funded by Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER).

Recent Awards

  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University (February 2013)

Recent Public Talks

  • Bauer, Johannes M. “The Internet and inequality”, 26th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, London, July 2-4, 2015.
  • Bauer, Johannes M., & Tsai, Hsin-yi Sandy, “An examination of the factors enhancing information infrastructure quality”, CPR LATAM, Bogotá, Colombia, May 29-30, 2014.
  • Tsai, Hsin-yi Sandy, & Bauer, Johannes M., “Effects of public policy on the quality of broadband services: A comparative analysis of Internet download speeds”, International Communications Association (ICA), Seattle, WA, May 22-25, 2014 (winner of the best faculty paper award, Communications Law and Policy Division).
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