Phil Schoech

Phil Schoech

Senior Consultant

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Phil Schoech has been with Christensen Associates since its founding in 1976. He specializes in the areas of productivity measurement, pricing analysis, incentive regulation, and econometric and statistical analysis. He helped develop, and currently oversees, the monthly, quarterly, and annual measurement of Total Factor Productivity for the U.S. Postal Service. Phil consults for a variety of clients in the telecommunications, electric, natural gas, postal, and transportation industries on productivity and performance measurement; pricing, costing, and budget analysis; revenue forecasting; and statistical sample design. He also consults on and provides regulatory support for incentive regulation plans. In addition, Phil has conducted numerous econometric cost studies that have been used to determine economies of scale, marginal costs, and firm efficiency in different industries. The results of these analyses have been used both as internal management tools and as evidence before courts and regulatory bodies.

News & Updates

FCC Relies Heavily on Christensen Associates’ Analysis in Recent Price-Cap Decision

May 01, 2017 - The Federal Communications Commission established a new price-cap formula for telecommunications business data services that adopted the Meitzen-Schoech preferred approach.

Christensen Associates Submits Report on Postal Service Price Cap

March 20, 2017 - As part of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s ten-year review of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Christensen Associates submitted a report that analyzes the current Postal Service price cap and discusses the merits of alternative forms of price regulation for the future.

Christensen Associates Assists the Postal Service Office of Inspector General in Analyzing Price Cap Issues

August 17, 2015 - In response to a request by Senator Thomas Carper, the Postal Service OIG engaged Christensen Associates to update and extend a 2013 analysis of the Postal Service price cap system. The update confirms that the current price cap regulation is financially unsustainable.

Case Study: Vehicle Registration Compliance for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

February 12, 2015 - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation hired Christensen Associates to conduct a study to estimate the number of automobiles and light trucks on the roads without current registrations, and determine the reasons for non-compliance.

Minnesota Freight Rail Economic Development (FRED) Study Released

November 22, 2013 - Christensen Associates was part of a team that studied the potential for freight rail economic development in the state of Minnesota. The project, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, identified specific opportunities for more effective collaboration among shippers, railroads, and economic development agencies, and transportation agencies. The recommendations made in the report can lead to expanded local rail access, complementary business development, and improved rail and intermodal service options.

Staggers Act Articles and Research Papers

January 03, 2011 - Christensen Associates researched and forecast the the impact of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980. Thirty years on, they return to the issues of railroad productivity, provide updated analysis, and review how well they foresaw the impacts of deregulation on the U.S. Freight Railroad industry.