Dr. David J. Salant

David Salant is a founder of Optimal Markets, Incorporated. Dr. Salant has held faculty and research positions at GTE Laboratories, Incorporated, Bell Laboratories, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was previously a Senior Vice President in the Telecommunications Practice at National Economic Research Associates and a Managing Director in the Telecommunication and Auction Practice at the Law and Economics Consulting Group. At GTE Labs and also more recently at the Math Science Research Center of Bell Labs, Dr. Salant was engaged in developing economic simulation models of wireless networks. He recently edited a special issue of The Journal of Regulatory Economics on Auctions and Regulation. His publications include "Auctions and Regulation: Reengineering of Regulatory Mechanisms," introduction to special issue on Auctions and Regulation, Journal of Regulatory Economics, and "Up in the Air: GTE's Experience in The MTA Auction for PCS Licenses." Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

He has over 15 years of telecommunications experience. He has been the primary bid strategist for winning bidders in spectrum auctions in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has also assisted regulatory agencies in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Singapore and the United States in the design and implementation of spectrum auctions.

He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester with a concentration in Game Theory, and an A.B. in Economics and Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude from Washington University.