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The 19th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference      

With the conclusion of the first ever virtual IIOC, we would like to thank the many people along the way who made this conference both possible and worthwhile. First of all, thank you to all the participants who gave us confidence that a virtual IIOC could be done. Thank you to all the members of the Program Committee for their dedication to produce a program showcasing the best of IO research. Thank you to John Rust and his Conference Maker team for always being available to manage our last minute requests, and this year, there were many. Thank you to Erin Scholes, Allison Anderson and their gracious and patient colleagues at SD Events who made sure that every session went smoothly, Thank you to Silke Fleischer and her team at ATIVsoftware for creating the web app and planner for the IIOC so that we could hold the conference virtually.
See you next year in Boston, May 13-15!

April 30 – May 2 (Virtual)

The program is posted here:

Conference maker link:

Virtual Access Instructions

To access the conference, select the option that works best for you:

The live Planner link 

(Supported Browsers)

Your username is the email address you used when you registered for the event. Your password is your last name (match the last name you entered when you registered).

The live Web App link is here:

(Supported Browsers)

The app is called EventPilot Conference App.

The requested code is IIOC 21

Event Pilot Support Information

The latest version of Chrome is recommended.

The following knowledge base link will help you to find answers and tips how to trouble shoot.

If any issues arise, please send an email to and include the following:


– username

– go to and include the link that appears under SHARE THESE DETAILS


The format is Zoom.

The regular sessions are 120 minutes long with four papers or five papers, as well as a few 3 paper sessions.

  • For a 3 paper session, generally follow the guidance of a 4 paper session but a less strict time limit may apply at at the discretion of the chair
  • For a 4 paper session, that allows 20 minutes for the presenter, 5 minutes for the discussant and 5 minutes for audience comments.
  • For a 5 paper session, the time is reduced to 18 for the presenter, 4 for the discussant, and 2 minutes for audience comments.
  • The Rising Stars sessions on Friday morning are 90 minutes long with 3 papers each, allowing 30 minutes per paper. The time should be divided 20 minutes for the presenter, 5 minutes for the discussant, and 5 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.

We will be using Zoom as our video conferencing tool for live sessions. As a speaker, you will receive an email with your personalized link to join the virtual session. This email will be sent about 2-3 days before your session. Please ensure to add the email address to your contacts / address book in your email program in order to avoid having it blocked or possibly routed to your spam folder. If the organizer has set up your particular session as a Zoom Webinar, you will receive a second email directly from Zoom with your personalized join link. You can use either one of the two emails to join. All emails contain the session title, so if you are presenting in multiple sessions, you know exactly which link to use. 

The following information will help you prepare for your session: 

  1. Check your computer by joining this test meeting from Zoom You can test your audio and video. Try out the buttons you see – not all features may be enabled in this test. 
  2. Learn how to share your screen.
  3. Your organizer may set up your particular session either as a Zoom Meeting or as a Zoom Webinar. Understand the differences between the two by clicking here. Features you can generally expect are video, audio, screen sharing, and chat. For Webinars, most organizers also offer Zoom’s Q&A feature.
  4. If you are a moderator of a Zoom Meeting, you may receive a host key so you can claim the host role and control the meeting including recording or muting participants. Learn how to claim host.
  5. You want to look professional? Review these tips and tricks for presenting online.

For additional details and FAQ, review the Knowledge Base in advance of the conference. 

The International Industrial Organization Conference is an annual conference organized by the Industrial Organization Society.

The conference will include panel discussions and contributed sessions on all topics in industrial organization including antitrust economics and regulation.

We are pleased to announce that Margaret Slade will receive the Distinguished Service Award and that Michael Riordan will receive the Distinguished Fellow Award.

The Distinguished Fellow Award is given in recognition of excellence in Research, Education, and Leadership in the field of Industrial Organization.

The Industrial Organization Society’s Distinguished Service Award, given annually in recognition of Professional Leadership in the scholarship and practice of Industrial Organization.

Michael Riordan is the Laurans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professor of Economics at Columbia University. His recent research interests include topics in telecommunications, antitrust, and oligopoly.

He has written numerous journal articles on these and other industrial organization topics including regulation, contract theory, defense procurement, health services, vertical integration, internal organization of firms, and product quality.

Professor Riordan’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and other organizations. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society and was a National Fellow of the Hoover Institution. He served as co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, a member of the editorial board of the American Economic Review, and associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

His government experience includes assignments as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission and Economic Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission. He held previous academic appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Boston University. Professor Riordan received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Margaret Slade is a professor emeritus in the Vancouver School of Economics at The University of British Columbia, where she taught for 20 years before going to the UK to become the Leverhulme Professor of Industrial Economics at the University of Warwick. Her research is concerned with applied problems in Industrial Organizations, especially those requiring the analysis of data.

Her interests are in both horizontal (same product market) and vertical (buying and selling) relationships and policies.

The conference will include panel discussions and contributed sessions on all topics in industrial organization including antitrust economics and regulation.

The conference will also include two plenary sessions:

  • Alessandro Gavazza (London School of Economics) and Nikhil Agarwal (MIT) will discuss their contributions to theoretical and empirical research on markets with search and matching frictions.
  •  Jean-Francois Houde (Wisconsin) and Jakub Kastl (Princeton) will provide an overview of research on the industrial organization of banks and financial markets.