Stephen E. Siwek is Principal at Economists Incorporated, a research and consulting firm with offices in Washington D.C. and in the San Francisco Bay area. Active in research and consulting for over 30 years, Mr. Siwek specializes in the analysis of economic, financial, and accounting issues. He has testified as an expert witness before regulatory bodies and courts on more than 80 occasions. Mr. Siwek has particular expertise in the economic analysis of the U.S motion picture industry and of the related U.S. industries that depend on the effective protection of copyrights. Since 1990, Mr. Siwek has published eleven studies on behalf of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (“IIPA”) that analyzed in detail the economic importance of the U.S. “copyright” industries (including the motion picture industry) to the US economy. Click to view a PDF copy of Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy: The 2003-2007 Report.
Mr. Siwek has also been instrumental in furthering the global efforts of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) to encourage other nations to measure the economic contribution of copyright-based industries in their own countries. In this regard, Mr. Siwek has been closely associated with the development of the WIPO “Guide” for the measurement of copyright industry contributions and he has directly assisted a number of foreign governments in the preparation of their own studies.
Mr. Siwek is also co-author of International Trade in Films and Television Programs (American Enterprise Institute/Ballinger Publishing Company, 1988) and International Trade in Computer Software (Quorum Books, 1993).
In 2005, Mr. Siwek authored an influential study entitled Engines of Growth: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Intellectual Property Industries (Commissioned by NBC Universal, 2005). In that study, Mr. Siwek quantified the substantial contributions made by the IP sector as a whole to real U.S. growth. More recently, Mr. Siwek authored two widely reported studies that measured the overall cost of motion picture and sound recording piracy to the U.S. economy as a whole. The True Cost of Motion Picture Piracy to the U.S. Economy (Policy Report 186) was published by the Institute For Policy Innovation (IPI) in September 2006. The True Cost of Sound Recording Piracy to the U.S. Economy (Policy Report 188) was published by IPI in August 2007. In addition, Mr. Siwek authored Video Games in the 21st Century: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Entertainment Software Industry published by Entertainment Software Association in 2007. This is the first study that quantifies in detail the specific contributions of the U.S. entertainment software industry to the U.S. economy. Click to view a PDF copy of Video Games in the 21st Century: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Entertainment Software Industry.