Website Last Updated: 4/4/2019

The 17th Annual

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

April 5-7, 2019

Hosted by the Northeastern University Department of Economics

Click here for a link to the photos from the IIOC 2016-Drexel University Philadelphia.

Click here for a link to the photos from the IIOC 2015-Boston.

Click here for a link to the photos from the IIOC 2014-Chicago.

Click here for a link to the photos from the IIOC 2013-Boston.

The 2020 IIOC will be held at Drexel University from Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3.

The program schedule for the IIOC 2019 is available on

      To edit/update your paper:
      Please check the website for the sessions you are participating in. Almost all paper presenters have been assigned to discuss a paper, so please check your discussant assignment. A simple and quick way to check your assignments is to scroll down to the Index of Participants.
    • The Saturday and Sunday sessions are 120 minutes long with four papers or five papers. For a 4 paper session, that allows 20 minutes for the presenter and 5 minutes for the discussant and 5 for audience comments. For 5 paper sessions the time is reduced to 18 for the presenter, 4 for the discussant, and 2 minutes for audience comments. The session chair is usually the last presenter or discussant in the session and is in charge of keeping the session running on schedule.
    • The Rising Stars sessions on Friday evening are 90 minutes with 3 papers, allowing 30 minutes per paper. The time should be divided 20 minutes for the presenter, 5 minutes for the discussant, and 5 for audience comments.

    Boston, Massaschusetts

    Founded in 1630, Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the founding of the nation. One stop, former meeting house Faneuil Hall, is a popular marketplace.
    All sessions and the Friday reception will take place at Renaissance Hotel.

    Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

    All sessions and the Friday reception will take place at Renaissance Hotel.
    Perfectly positioned in the scenic Seaport District of Boston, the Renaisssance Boston Waterfront Hotel is a unique vantage point from which to explore the city. Settle into the inspired guest rooms and suites, some of which feature sweeping views of the waterfront, and enjoy luxury amenities like pristine marble bathrooms and pillowtop mattresses. Start your day in Boston with a coffee at our on-site Starbucks before venturing out and exploring the wealth of nearby attractions. Ideally placed for both leisure and business travel, our hotel is situated near TD Garden, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and Boston Harbor Cruises. After a busy day in the city, unwind with a delicious Italian dinner at Sapore Ristorante & Bar or grab a nightcap at Capiz Bar. Other hotel amenities include a modern fitness center, a heated indoor pool and 21,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space.

    A dedicated website is available to book your hotel rooms online.
    Reservations can be made at this web address for the IIOC room block rate of $239.00 per night (subject to applicable state and local taxes and until the room block is sold out).


    Glenn Ellison is the Gregory K. Palm Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Elected Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory and American Academy of Arts & Sciences Professor Glenn Ellison, who received his Ph.D. from the MIT economics department in 1992, taught at Harvard for two years before joining the MIT faculty in 1994. He has made fundamental contributions in several subfields of economics. Ellison is internationally recognized for his theoretical analysis of learning in games. He has been particularly influential in identifying how social networks and other institutions that affect communication between market participants affect the speed of learning and the ultimate determination of market equilibrium.
    Ellison's contributions in industrial organization include one of the classic studies of cartel behavior, a detailed analysis of the pricing behavior of the 19th-century New York-to-Chicago railroad cartel, as well as several more contemporary studies of pricing policy. In collaboration with his wife, MIT economics Senior Lecturer Sara Ellison (MIT Ph.D. 1993), he has explored the behavior of both Internet shoppers and Internet sellers. This work highlights the role of buyer search and seller obfuscation in Internet markets, and it also demonstrates the importance of tax avoidance as a motive for Internet purchases.

    Plenary Sessions

    This year, there will be two invited sessions. One will focus on Competition and Policy in Health Markets and the other will focus on Global Trends in Market Structure, Productivity and Market Power.
    • Competition and Policy in Health Markets
        sponsored by Matrix Economics
      Speakers: Kate Ho and Leemore Dafny

        Kate Ho is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University and co-director (with Janet Currie) of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She is an editor at the RAND Journal of Economics and has served as co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics and the Journal of Economic Literature. Her research focuses on the industrial organization of the medical care market.

        Leemore Dafny is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining Harvard in 2016, she served as Director of Health Enterprise Management, Herman Smith Professor of Hospital and Health Services Management, and a professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
    • Global Trends in Market Structure, Productivity and Market Power
      Speakers: John Van Reenan and Chad Syverson

      • John Van Reenen is the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is jointly appointed as Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Economics.

        Chad Syverson is the Eli B and Harriet B. Williams Professor of Economics at the University Of Chicago Booth School of Business. Chad Syverson's research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His research has been published in several top journals and has earned multiple National Science Foundation Awards. He also coauthored (with Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt) an intermediate-level text, Microeconomics.

    Contact Information

    Conference Administrator: Kathy Downey,

      Mailing address:
      Industrial Organization Society
      c/o Kathy Downey
      Northeastern University
      Department of Economics
      301 Lake Hall
      Boston, MA 02115-5000

      Phone Number: 617-373-2887
      Fax Number: 617-373-3640