Thomas Hazlett holds Hugh Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics
The John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University has an endowed chair, thanks to the generosity of friends of the late Hugh Macaulay, an esteemed professor in economics at Clemson from 1949 to 1983.
The endowed chair in the College of Business is named after Dr. Hugh Macaulay, whose career at Clemson spanned more than 30 years, five of which he spent leading Clemson’s Graduate School. The chair is held by Thomas Hazlett, a renowned economist, author and expert on regulation in telecommunications, media and the internet.
Prior to joining Clemson in 2014, Hazlett served as chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission, and held faculty positions at the University of California-Davis, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and George Mason University School of Law. He conducts research in the fields of law and economics and specializes in the Information Economy.
“The chair is an enduring tribute to Hugh Macaulay, whose contributions to the economics discipline at Clemson are well documented and highly respected,” said Bobby McCormick, College of Business dean. “It is only fitting to have someone as credential-rich as Tom Hazlett holding a chair named for Hugh Macaulay.”
Hazlett’s book credits include “The Fallacy of Net Neutrality” and “Public Policy Toward Cable Television,” in addition to his newest book, “The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smart Phone.”
“When you’re talking about what Clemson economics is today, all roads lead back to Hugh Macaulay,” said Scott Baier, economics department chair. “The endowed chair captures Hugh’s legacy and the impact he had on students and faculty at Clemson for more than a generation.”
Macaulay, who died in 2005 at age 81, received degrees from the University of Alabama and Columbia University. He was considered a recognized authority on environmental economics and retired from Clemson in 1983 as Alumni Professor of Economics. Macaulay was visiting professor of economics at three universities in the U.S. and two abroad. He served in the U.S. Army in France in 1944 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart.
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