Review of Industrial Organization (2005) 26:145–146 © Springer 2005
Introduction to the 2004 International Industrial
Organization Conference Special Issue
CHRISTOPHER M. SNYDER
Department of Economics, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, U.S.A.
This special issue of the Review of Industrial Organization is devoted to
papers presented at the second annual International Industrial Organiza-
tion Conference held on the downtown campus of Northwestern Univer-
sity in Chicago, Illinois, April 23–24, 2004. The conference included invited
and submitted papers, keynote addresses, and panel sessions covering all
aspects of industrial organization. There were over 400 attendees and over
300 papers presented. Further information on this and upcoming confer-
ences can be found on the website http://www.ios.neu.edu.
The purpose of this special issue is to tap new sources of high-quality
research for the Review. This issue contains two sets of papers. The ﬁrst
set contains 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. Both papers
provide an excellent survey of their topics.
Robert Porter delivered the ﬁrst of the two keynote addresses. He is
William R. Kenan Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He
is currently Editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, and is serving or
has served as editor or on the editorial board of others of the top gen-
eral interest and ﬁeld journals. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society
and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research,
where he serves on the Steering Committee for the Industrial Organization
Program. He has published widely on theoretical and empirical issues in
industrial organization, in particular on collusion and auctions. Professor
Porter’s paper (Porter, 2004) is on empirical methods to detect collusion.
Professor Paul Joskow delivered the second of the two keynote addresses.
He is Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics and Manage-
ment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the
MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. He is Presi-
dent of the International Society for New Institutional Economics and a