Johannes M Bauer Ph.D.

Johannes Bauer

Quello Chair in Media and Information Policy

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I am a researcher, writer, teacher, and academic entrepreneur interested in next-generation media and the digital economy. My position as Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy (and previously Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information) allows me to fully pursue these passions. Educated as an engineer and social scientist, I obtained advanced degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics, Austria. Michigan State University has been my home institution since 1990. I had the privilege to spend extended time as a visiting professor affiliated with the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Constance, Germany (Summer 2010), and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012).

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) create tremendous opportunities to  empower individuals, support sustainable communities, and foster more inclusive and livable societies. Work with people in private, public, and non-profit organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia has convinced me that harnessing these potential benefits will require public interest technology, good governance models, as well as competition and cooperation. Ongoing research focuses on innovation in the next-generation Internet (Internet of Things, 5G wireless), digital entrepreneurship (both for-profit and social), and governance challenges. My work greatly has greatly benefited from collaboration with students and practitioners.


Director, James H. and Mary B. Quello Center; Member of the Board of Directors, iSchools; Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board, LIRNEasia, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University, New York.

Research and Teaching

My research, teaching and writing focus on the digital economy, with a particular interest in how the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) 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.

Recent Journal Articles

Bauer, Johannes M. (2018), The Internet and income inequality, Telecommunications Policy, 42(4): 333-343, available online at

Bauer, Johannes M. & Knieps, Günter (2018), Complementary innovation and network neutrality, Telecommunications Policy, 42(2): 172-183, available online at

Garcia-Murillo, Martha, MacInnes, Ian, & Bauer, Johannes M. (2018). Techno-unemployment: A framework for assessing the effects of information and communication technologies on work, Telematics & Informatics, available online at

Recent Book

Bauer, Johannes M. & Latzer, Michael (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2016. Paperback edition 2017.

Recent Presentations

Bauer, Johannes M. “The gig economy and income inequality”, Barcelona, Spain, July 2, 2018.

Bauer, Johannes M. “The digital economy”, Sao Pãolo, Brazil, April 24, 2018.

Contact Information

404 Wilson Road, Room 409
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University