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"Designing Russia's Telecommunications Regulatory Reforms: Theory and International Experience", 2003 | 27-06-2003
Date: June 27-28, 2003

Venue:Grand Hotel Marriott, Moscow

Centre for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR)
Stockholm Institute for Transition Economics (SITE).

The goal of the conference is to bring together academics and policy makers interested in telecommunications economics and policy from Russia, the E.U. and the U.S. while Russia is preparing a major telecommunications reform related to its accession to the WTO.


JUNE 27, 2003

8:50 Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:20 Introduction — Opening Statements

Erik Bergloff, Chaiman of the Board, Centre for Economic and Financial Research, Moscow
Dmitry A. Milovantsev, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information of the Russian Federation

10:00 Section 1: Telecommunications pricing and competition

«Competitive Local Exchange Service"
Michael Riordan, Columbia University
Discussant: Jay Pil Choi, Michigan State University

«Price squeezes in a regulatory environment»
Jan Bouckaert, University of Antwerp
Discussant: Alexei Goriaev

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

«Competition Policy and the Problem of Network Interconnection.»
George Rozanski, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Discussant: Oleg Zamulin CEFIR and NES

«Tariffs regulation and pricing policy in Russia»
Anatoliy Golomolzin Deputy Minister of Antimonopoly Policy RF 

12:30 Lunch

14:30  A panel on the regulatory reforms in Russia’s telecommunications

Anatoliy Golomolzin Deputy Minister of Antimonopoly Policy RF
David Salant, National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA)
Peter Cowhey, University of California, San Diego
Peyton Wynns, Federal Communications Commission
George Rozanski, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

16:30 End of the First Day

JUNE 28, 2003

9:30 Section 2: Spectrum allocation and standards for wireless telecommunications

«Standards in Wireless Telephone Networks»
David Salant, National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA)
Discussant: Alexei Makrushin CEFIR

«Choosing Technology Standards: Government Policy to Firm Strategy»
Luis Cabral, New York University, Stern School of Business
Discussant: Sergei Guriev CEFIR and NES

«Electromagnetic Spectrum Property Rights»
Peter Cowhey, University of California, San Diego

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Section 3: Regulatory Reforms: Lessons from the experience of the US, the EU and China

China’s Telecommunications Industry Pre- and Post-WTO accession
Jonathan Aronson, University of Southern California

«The Telecommunications Financial Meltdown: Lessons from America.»
James Alleman, University of Colorado, Boulder

«The Limits of Regulation: Painful Lessons from the U.S. Experience.»
Peyton Wynns, Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau.

«The status of competition theory and practice in telecommunications services»
Gerard Pogorel, École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST)
13:00 Lunch

15:30 Section 4: Trade-related issues in telecommunications and information technology

«Intellectual property rights and quality improvement»
Amy Glass, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Jay Pil Choi, Michigan State University

«Technical compatibility, foreign direct investments, and the role of equity restrictions in telecommunications networks."
Mikhail Klimenko, University of California, San Diego
Discussant: Amy Glass, Texas A&M University

«Russian Accession to the WTO: The impact of telecommunications reform on the economy and the telecommunications sector.»
David Tarr, The World Bank
Discussant: Ksenia Yudaeva, CEFIR and Carnegie Center

17:00 End of the Conference

18:00 Cocktail reception

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