Lisa M. George

george_nov2012_60-004Associate Professor • Member of the Doctoral Faculty at CUNY’s Graduate Center

Ph.D. Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Fields: Industrial Organization, Political Economy

Office:  HW 1503
Voice:  212-772-5437
Fax:     212-772-5398



Media Economics

Lisa M. George is an empirical applied economist specializing in industrial organization and political economy.  Her research focuses on the economics of media markets, spanning traditional and new media. Professor George has published in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy and Journal of Industrial Economics.

Professor George currently serves as editor-in-chief of the economics journal Information Economics and Policy and as a member of the scientific committee of the EU Media Pluralism Project at the Florence School of Regulation.  She co-organizes the annual Media Economics Workshop and the monthly New York City Media Seminar.  She has managed public and private grants and awards for research in media economics, including a 2011 award from the Time Warner Cable Research Program in Digital Communications to study the role of intermediaries in local news markets and a 2010 Federal Communications Commission grant to study diversity in television news.

Professor George completed her Ph.D. in Applied Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.  She also  earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University. She has served in the past as a Visiting Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Michigan State University.  Before embarking on doctoral studies, Professor George served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Selected Publications

Baker, Matthew J. and George, Lisa M. (2010) “The Role of Television in Household Debt: Evidence from the 1950’s,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 10 : Iss. 1 (Advances), Article 41.

George, Lisa M. (2009)  “National Television and the Market for Local Products:  The Case of Beer.”  Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 57, No. 1 pp. 85-111.

George, Lisa M. (2008) “The Internet and the Market for Daily Newspapers.” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Advances), Article 26.

National Media and Local Political Participation: The Case of the New York Times
In Roumeen Islam, ed., Information and Public Choice: From Media Markets to Policymaking. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2008.

George, Lisa M. (2007). “What’s Fit to Print:  The Effect of Ownership Concentration on Product Variety in Daily Newspaper Markets.” Information Economics and Policy, Vol. 19, No. 3-4, pp. 285-303.

George, Lisa M. and Joel Waldfogel (2006). “The New York Times and the Market for Local Newspapers.” American Economic Review, Vol. 96, No. 1, pp. 435-477.

George, Lisa M. and Joel Waldfogel (2003). “Who Affects Whom in Daily Newspaper Markets?” Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 11, pp. 765-785.


Lisa George’s RePEc page

Conferences and Workshops

The 11th Workshop on Media Economics, Tel Aviv, Israel, October, 2013

The 12th Workshop on Media Economics, Naples, Italy, October, 2014

The 13th Workshop on Media Economics, Stellenbosch, South Africa, November 2015

The 14th Workshop on Media Economics, Zurich, Switzerland, October 2016