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The 19th Annual International Industrial Organization  

The IIOC 2021 will be held virtually from April 30 – May 2.

The International Industrial Organization Conference is an annual conference organized by the Industrial Organization Society and the Northeastern University Department of Economics.

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.

Distinguished Fellow

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.


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

Distinguished Service

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 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.