Review of Industrial Organization 21: 1–2, 2002.
Letter from the Editor
As most of you know, after eleven years of distinguished service, Geoff Shepherd
has stepped down as General Editor of The Review. His tenure has been marked
by enormous gains in the strength and visibility of the journal, all the while main-
taining both the Review’s traditional focus on applied work and his own reputation
for fairness and courtesy. For this the profession owes Geoff an enormous debt
of gratitude, and for these reasons and more, the Industrial Organization Society
awarded Geoff its Distinguished Fellow Award at the recent ASSA meetings in
Atlanta. The citation for that award appeared in the May issue of the Review.
It is an honor for me to be chosen as the next General Editor of the Review.
My plan as Editor is to build on Geoff’s efforts and to make the Review a place
that leading researchers in applied industrial organization, antitrust, and regula-
tion increasingly look to for important contributions to our understanding. I hope
to publish more articles that employ cutting-edge empirical techniques, analyze
policy questions in provocative ways, or simply bring new methodologies to the
attention of all researchers.
That said, I will maintain the Review’s traditional focus on applied work, as
set out in the Aims and Scope section of the journal. This focus certainly means
empirical and policy-related research, but it also includes more theoretical work
so long as that is rooted in real-world issues and draws implications for how we
look at such issues. The reason for this focus is simple: There are numerous other
excellent outlets for purely theoretical work, but meritorious applied work often
has a more difﬁcult time securing the space it deserves. The Review will (as it has)
provide that space.
To assist me in these efforts, I have enlisted a number of new individuals to
serve in various capacities. John Scott and Chris Snyder will serve as new Asso-
ciate Editors. Dennis Mueller has kindly agreed to stay on as the third Associate
Editor, as has Doug Greer as Book Review Editor. More than a dozen prominent
researchers are now joining the Board of Editors: Jon Baker, Sara Fisher Ellison,
Bob Feinberg, Paul Geroski, Jeroen Hinloopen, Josh Lerner, John Mayo, Sharon
Oster, Robin Prager, Michael Salinger, Mike Scherer, Fiona Scott Morton, and
Larry White. A complete listing of all Board members – new and continuing –
appears on the inside front cover of this issue. I look forward to working with all
of these individuals on future issues of the Review as well as on various initiatives
being planned by the Industrial Organization Society.