Eli Noam has been Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School since 1976. In 1990, after having served for three years as Commissioner with the New York State Public Service Commission, he returned to Columbia. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI), an independent university-based research center focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media. In addition to leading CITI's research activities, Noam initiated the MBA concentration in the Management of Entertainment, Communications, and Media at the Business School and the Virtual Institute of Information, an independent, web-based research facility. He has also taught at Columbia Law School and Princeton University's Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School.
Noam has published over 19 books and 400 articles in economic journals, law reviews, and interdisciplinary journals. His books include the authored, edited, or co-authored volumes:Telecommunications in Europe; Television in Europe; Telecommunications Regulation: Today and Tomorrow; Video Media Competition; Services in Transition: The Impact of Information Technology in the Service Industry; The Law of International Telecommunications in the United States; The International Market in Film and Television Programs; Telecommunications in the Pacific Basin; Private Networks, Public Objectives; Global and Local Networks; Asymmetric Deregulation: The Dynamics of Telecommunications Policies in Europe and the United States Telecommunications in Western Asia and the Middle East; Telecommunications in Latin America; Telecommunications in Africa; The New Investment Theory of Real Options and Its Implications for Telecommunications Economics; and Interconnecting the Network of Networks (Spring 2000). His forthcoming books include Media Concentration in the United States and Competing for Attention Span.
He has served on the editorial boards of Columbia University Press as well as of several academic journals. He was a member of the advisory boards for the Federal governments FTS-2000 telecommunications network, the IRS's computer system reorganization, and the National Computer Systems Laboratory. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received an AB (Phi Beta Kappa), MA, PhD (Economics) and JD from Harvard University.