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"My research and teaching interests center on economics of the media, and more generally the economics of information. My recent research subjects include the economics and market structure of online video, multi-channel television, the production and distribution of movies, advertising, and the efficacy of electronic v. printed readings in college courses."

Tel: 812-929-7500

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Curriculum Vitae 





David Waterman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Telecommunications, The Media School, at Indiana University, Bloomington.  His research interests center on media economics, and more generally on the economics of information.  He is author of Hollywood's Road to Riches (2005, Harvard University Press) and co-author of Vertical Integration in Cable Television (1997; MIT Press) with Andrew A. Weiss.  His articles on market structure and public policy toward online video and other media industries, the economics of motion picture production and distribution, and other topics have appeared in a wide range of economic and communications journals as well as edited books.


Professor Waterman served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. in 2015 (January-December).  He has presented his research in testimony before the U.S. Congress, and has served as a consultant to the FCC, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the General Accounting Office of the United States, and the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada. He served as a Principal Editor of Information Economics and Policy from 2005-10, and was Coordinating Editor from 2008-10.  He is a past Organizing Committee Chair and member of the Board of Directors of TPRC.


David Waterman received a B.A. in Economics at the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.  Before joining IU in 1993, he was a faculty member of the Annenberg School for Communication at USC.  At USC, Professor Waterman taught in the Annenberg School's Communications Management Master’s degree program and in the Department of Economics.



Invited Presentations (Selected)








  • Waterman, D. (2005), Hollywood’s Road to Riches, Harvard University Press

  • MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey K. and David Waterman (eds.) (1998), Telephony, The Internet, and The Media: Selected Papers from the 25th Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Waterman, David and Andrew A. Weiss (1997), Vertical Integration in Cable Television, MIT Press.

  • Rosston, Gregory and David Waterman (eds.) (1997), Interconnection and the Internet: Selected Papers from the 24th Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.



     Selected Articles, Chapters, and Working Papers



     [For works prior to 1996, please see my CV.] 


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