Nicholas S. Economides

Special Project Grantee
New York University

Nicholas Economides is an internationally recognized academic authority on network economics, electronic commerce and public policy. His fields of specialization and research include the economics of networks, especially of telecommunications, computers, and information, the economics of technical compatibility and standardization, industrial organization, the structure and organization of financial markets and payment systems, antitrust, application of public policy to network industries, strategic analysis of markets and law and economics. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a B.Sc. (First Class Honors) in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.

For his CFSP project, Nicholas is collaborating with Przemyslaw Jeziorski (Haas School Business at the University of California, Berkeley) on using mobile phones as a platform for banking in Africa. They are investigating different types of fees used in mobile banking networks and the welfare losses implied by the present market structure, as well as estimating the impact of the choice of interoperability on consumer welfare.