Flamm, Kenneth S. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • A.B. in Economics, Stanford University
Research Areas
  • Microeconomics of Competition in High Tech Industry
  • Research and Development, Science and Technology, Innovation Policies
  • Defense Economics
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Information and Technology Policy
  • Research and Empirical Methods

Kenneth Flamm, a professor and the Dean Rusk Chair in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for economic security and special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense for dual-use technology policy from 1993 to 1995, receiving the Department of Defense's Distinguished Public Service Medal from the secretary of defense. An applied microeconomist and expert on the economics of the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries, Dr. Flamm has served as senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and as an economics professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and George Washington University.

Dr. Flamm was elected in 2016 to the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth. He previously was appointed chair or vice chair of two National Research Council panels and served as a member of its Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board. He also has been a member of five other National Academies panels, and chair of the NATO Science Committee's Science and Technology Policy and Organization panel. He served on the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee, on the OECD's Expert Working Party on High Performance Computers and Communications, on various federal advisory committees and as a consultant to government agencies, international organizations and private corporations. Dr. Flamm has authored numerous articles and books on global competition in high technology.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Global Civil Society
  • Technology Policy
  • Trade
  • Defense
  • Economics


NewsMarch 15, 2022
LBJ faculty, students present research on environment and energy, COVID and learning, equity, reproductive health at APPAM

Professors and students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will lead conversations and present research across an array of policy areas at APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Austin March 27–29.

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NewsMay 6, 2021
LBJ School team makes research discoveries, places 2nd at Microsoft and ODI's Education Open Data Challenge

Professor Kenneth Flamm and a team of graduate public policy students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin identified broadband infrastructure as more important than the number of COVID cases and death rates in a school district's decision to switch to remote learning, while placing second in an international data science competition run on the X-Prize platform. The team also discovered that Texas did better than the national average in closing the digital divide, and that in Texas, Dallas did best.

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June 4, 2020
What is the Pandemic Teaching Us About U.S. Broadband?

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of broadband internet connections in maintaining economic and social activities. In the COVID-19 context, how has U.S. broadband infrastructure performed under the unprecedented load placed on it by the pandemic? Have existing disparities in affordable broadband access been exacerbated by the pandemic, and are policy responses needed to remediate inequities? And is the migration of economic and social activities online likely to be irreversible? LBJ Professor Kenneth Flamm is joined by Tony Grubesic, UT's associate dean of research for the School of Information, and Sharon Strover, professor in UT's Moody College of Communication.

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