Ernie is an internationally-renowned expert on the economics and regulation of transportation, consulting in such areas as competition, cost of service, rates, forecasting, antitrust, inter-carrier agreements, and service efficiencies. He has testified on behalf of governments, shippers, ocean and rail carriers, ports, and maritime pilots in more than 20 cases before federal commissions and government transportation boards, and has provided regulatory and litigation analysis in more than 25 other cases.
In Ernie’s business life he has been a master economist—first, as Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, and then for more than 30 years as a consultant specializing in international trade, transportation, antitrust, and energy issues. His first firm, Manalytics, Inc., pioneered maritime containerization as the research arm of Matson Navigation. While there, Ernie and his colleague Bert Rifas, aka “Ernie and Bert”, became considered the country’s leading maritime economics duo. More recently, Ernie has consulted on the business side of sports, providing expertise on issues such as the financial relationship between US college athletes and the NCAA. He has led research studies for the Maritime Administration, US Military Sealift Command, and the State of Hawaii, and consulted for the State of Alaska and the Province of Newfoundland.
Ernie holds an MA and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He also holds a BA and won the Allen Oliver Gold Medal in Economics from McGill University, and has been published in the American Economic Review and the Canadian Economic Review.