Celebrating 18 Years

The 2020 International Industrial Organization Conference, sponsored by the Industrial
Organization Society and its affiliated journal, the Review of Industrial Organization, will be
held May 1-3 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The conference will be hosted by the Drexel University's LeBow College of Business

The 18th Annual International Industrial Organization


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

LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

All sessions will take place at the Gerri C. LeBow Hall and adjacent buildings.

The 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home for LeBow College of Business is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, at the intersection of Woodland Walk and Market Street, where it forms a gateway to Drexel. The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by classrooms, student lounges, events spaces, and offices.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of the most historic cities in America, Philadelphia is an ideal place to spend a weekend. If time allows, be sure to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed. Both are part of Independence National Historic Park. Philadelphia also boasts some outstanding art museums, including the Rodin Museum. The Franklin Institute Science Museum is one of many area attractions honoring the life and work of Benjamin Franklin, the city’s most famous ambassador. After digesting all of that history, be sure you save room for a classic Philly cheese steak sandwich.

Hotel Information

Room blocks have been arranged at two hotels:   The Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel and The Study at University City.

  • The discounted room night for the Sheraton is $189.00 (plus applicable taxes) per night.
    Reservation Link for the Sheraton
  • The discounted room rate at The Study is $229 per night (plus applicable taxes).
    Reservation link or you can call The Study at University City at 215.387.1400 and request the International Industrial Organization Conference room block.


In addition to panel discussions, and contributed sessions on all topics in industrial organization including antitrust economics and regulation, the conference will include: 


Michael Riordan, the 2020 IOS Distinguished Fellow, will deliver the keynote address.  The Distinguished Fellow Award is given in recognition of excellence in Research, Education and Leadership in the field of Industrial Organization.

Michael Riordan is the Laurans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professor of Economics at Columbia University. His recent research interests include topics on 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.

Distinguished Service Award

The Industrial Organization Society’s Distinguished Service Award, given annually in recognition of Professional Leadership in the scholarship and practice of Industrial Organization, will be presented to Margaret Slade at the 2020 IIOC in May.

Margaret Slade is 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 Organization, especially those requiring the analysis of data.  Her interests are in both horizontal (same product market) and vertical (buying and selling) relationships and policies.

Plenary Sessions:

Mark Armstrong (Oxford) and Alessandro Gavazza (London School of Economics) will discuss their contributions to theoretical and empirical research on search and matching markets.

Jean-Francois Houde (Wisconsin) and Jakub Kastl (Princeton) will provide an overview of research on the industrial organization of banks and financial markets.