Review of Industrial Organization 23: 175–177, 2003.
© 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.
Introduction to the 2003 International Industrial
Organization Conference Special Issue
CHRISTOPHER M. SNYDER
George Washington University, Department of Economics, Washington DC 20052, U.S.A.
This special double issue of the Review of Industrial Organization is devoted
to papers presented at the inaugural International Industrial Organization Con-
ference held on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachu-
setts, April 4–5, 2003. The conference included invited and submitted papers,
keynote addresses, and panel sessions covering all aspects of industrial organiz-
ation. There were approximately 350 attendees and 270 papers presented. Further
information on this and upcoming conferences can be found on the website
The purpose of this special issue is to provide rapid publication of some of
the high-quality research from the Conference. This double issue contains two
groups of papers. The ﬁrst group includes the keynote addresses delivered at the
conference. The keynote speakers are two of the top researchers in the ﬁeld; I am
grateful to the speakers for agreeing to include their addresses in this issue. The
papers provide an excellent survey of their topics, describing the cutting edge of
current research and providing a guide for future research. They should be useful
to graduate students looking for dissertation topics and to current practitioners in
Michael Riordan delivered the ﬁrst of the two keynote addresses. He is the Laur-
ans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professor of Economics and Business, in Columbia
University’s Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Business. He
has had positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Yale, and recently
served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission. Professor
Riordan has published widely on various topics in theoretical industrial organiza-
tion, including contract theory, competition and strategy, and antitrust, and has held
editorial positions at top journals. His paper (Riordan, 2003) is on the interaction
between capital markets and product markets, an issue on the boundary between
the ﬁelds of industrial organization and corporate ﬁnance.