Will I will Lose Government Clients Because of My Research? Probably.

Today, Gerry Lederer, a respected wireless attorney at the government law firm of Best Best and Krieger, commented on Facebook regarding my thesis defense slides.  He asked several appropriate and very probing questions.  With his kind permission, I quote his comments and questions here along with my reply.  I’ve cleaned up a few bits of the text for readability. Gerry Lederer: I read [your thesis defense slides] and they are brilliant. How long did it take for the professors to keep up to you? I know I had to read them a couple times. By the way, [your] GPA was rather ridiculous. Not sure I would have had the guts to publish my grades at the beginning of the process. Do you fear than any of the slides will be Continue Reading …

Dr. Jonathan Louis Kramer, DLP

Dr. Jonathan Louis Kramer, DLP I’m very pleased (and relieved) to report that this morning I successfully defended my doctoral thesis, “Cell Towers, Community Perspectives, and Hedonic Price Modeling: Utility, Limitations, and Localism.” It was wonderful the be greeted with, “Congratulations, Doctor Kramer” when the three thesis committee members came back from their private discussions after my defense. Thanks to all of you for your support of me along this path, and for those of you who were able to join in the defense today by video link.  If you would like to see the slides I used this morning for the defense, I’ve posted them here in PDF format.  The animations would show, but you’ll get the idea. (Note: the slides linked below contain non-substantive corrections made as of Continue Reading …

Jonathan Kramer’s DLP Thesis Defense Announced

Sent out today by James Passanisi, Associate Director, Doctor of Law & Policy Program, Northeastern University regarding Jonathan Kramer’s thesis defense: DLP community, I am happy to announce that Jonathan Kramer will be defending his DLP thesis Cell Towers, Community Perspectives, and Hedonic Price Modeling: Utility, Limitations, and Localism on Tuesday, August 30 at 11:15 am, Eastern Time. Attached you will find the abstract of his project. Please note that Jonathan will be defending his thesis remotely from California. Current students and alumni are welcome to attend the defense via webcast or in person at our office in Boston. Here is the abstract of my thesis mentioned by Mr. Passanisi: Abstract The installation of cell sites in communities, especially in residential areas, is often controversial. Public concerns regarding residential property Continue Reading …

My Thesis Title is Approved

Today I received my PI’s approval for the title of my thesis. I had suggested, “Hedonistic, Hedonic, or Hilarious: Taking the road less paved” for my contribution to society.  Alas, my PI preferred “Cell Towers, Community Perspectives, and Hedonic Price Modeling: Utility, Limitations, and Localism” for the thesis.  Who am I to argue with one of three people on my thesis committee who stand (or sit) between me and my doctorate. Well, okay then.  I’ll take the road officially approved. I defend my thesis on Tuesday, August 30th around 9 a.m. Pacific Time, which by my calendar is just 13 days from now.  Tick tock, Tick tock. jlk

Good luck, soon-to-be Dr. Evadne Hagigal!

Good luck to Evadne Hagigal, who will be defending her Doctor of Law and Policy doctoral thesis on Friday, August 12th.  The title of her thesis is, The Unintended Consequences of Federally Mandated Minimum Wage Increases: An Examination of Employment Trends and Employers’ Perspectives. Jonathan (UPDATE: She successfully defended her thesis, and will be Dr. Hagigal on September 22nd, and hooded on September 28th.  Great!!! -jlk)

One Chapter Left

I’ve written 5 of the 6 chapters that comprise my thesis. The chapters are: Introduction Literature Review Research Methodology Resident Surveys and Interviews Hedonic Price Modeling and the Courts Conclusions and Recommendations The final chapter, my conclusions and recommendations for further research, is in progress. I should have it finished later this week, and then off to my editor. I’m still on track to defend my thesis on Tuesday, August 30th. I am happy, but I’ll be happier when I’m done. Jonathan

Nearing the end…Doctor of Law and Policy

About 15 minutes ago the last quarter of Cohort 8’s Doctor of Law and Policy program at Northeastern University in Boston came to an end.  All of the classwork is complete.  Grades for the last quarter will come out in about 36 hours, not that the really matters now (well, maybe a little bit). My thesis is coming along splendidly.  Still on track to now complete it by July 30th, and defend it on August 30th. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent with the members of Cohort, all of whom have become very close and important friends over the past two years.  We shared in a common journey and struggle, helping each other and thereby helping ourselves. Over the course of studies, we’ve been gladdened by a marriage, a birth, Continue Reading …

Court Cases Galore and Hedonic Price Modeling

I’ve been reviewing about 170 court cases touching on or dealing with perceptions of resident home value reduction due to the installation of a nearby cell site.  The court cases, which date back to about 1988, provide some very illuminating facts about what the courts consider to be reliable evidence, and what is not. The information I’ve collected is going into my law and policy chapter, which is turning out to be quite interesting. Sneak peak: Direct references to hedonic price modeling and a Dr. Sandy Bond paper are found in exactly one federal case.  The outcome of that case turned on other considerations. Jonathan

Dr. Sandy Bond’s Research Taken as Gospel by Some

It’s always an amusing surprise to me when I see Dr. Sandy Bond’s 2007 research on cell towers and property values quoted in public hearings.  It happened again a few days ago during a hearing in which I participated, when a resident told the government leaders that cell towers lower property values by 21% (not 20%; not 22%, but 21%). Here’s the citation to Bond’s 2007 report in case you’d like to read the source materials (most people don’t): Sandy Bond (2007) Cell Phone Tower Proximity Impacts on House Prices: A New Zealand Case Study, Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 13:1, 63-91, DOI:10.1080/14445921.2007.11104223 I find it fascinating that the people who cite the number have no idea about what’s in the report, or that Dr. Bond’s research methodology has been Continue Reading …