Call for Papers: Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy [Sep 18-19, Chicago]; Submit by May 15

Northwestern Law-Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is organising its Eighth Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy at Chicago between September 18-19, 2015.

About the Centre

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth.

Information on the Searle Center’s activities may be found HERE.

Friday, September 18, 2015-Saturday, September 19, 2015, Chicago, IL

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Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015

Call for Papers

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Eighth Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy at Northwestern University School of Law.

This year’s conference will run from approximately 9:00 AM on Friday, September 18, 2015 to 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization at Northwestern University.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where leading scholars from across the country can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high quality research relevant to antitrust economics and competition policy.

Both theoretical and empirical submissions are welcome. Papers in industrial organization or applied microeconomic theory that address issues relevant to antitrust policy are welcome even if they do not directly focus on particular antitrust policy issues or institutions.


While papers on all topics are welcome, we especially encourage submissions related to the following topic areas:

1. data markets and internet search markets

2. patents, patent assertion entities and standard setting organizations

3. net neutrality and competition policy

4. vertical contracting and vertical integration

5. privacy and competition policy

6. antitrust policy in markets where terms are set by bilateral negotiation

We hope to involve leading thinkers from the government, non-profit, and private sector, as well as leading academics from economics departments, business schools, law schools and public policy schools.

While most of the conference will be devoted to presentation and discussion of original academic research, we also expect to schedule a small number of panels on important current topics or policy issues.

If you have questions about the appropriateness of your topic for the conference, or suggestions for panel subjects, please contact Professor William Rogerson, Professor of Economics and Searle Center Research Director on Competition, Antitrust and Regulation at


Paper authors will receive an honorarium of $1,000.00 to cover transportation expenses; if more than one author presents at the symposium, the honorarium will be divided equally between the presenters.

Government employees and non-US residents may be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses up to the honorarium amount. Authors and discussants are expected to attend and participate for the full duration of the symposium.

The Searle Center will also make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th, 2015.

The conference will also include a dinner reception and Keynote Dinner Address (speaker TBA) on Friday evening, presenters should plan to attend.

Papers prepared for the Eighth Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website as part of our Working Papers Series HERE.

Authors will be free to publish their work in other venues (with appropriate acknowledgement of the Searle Center).

Research Proposals

Research Proposals should include an abstract (300 words maximum) and c.v.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Research Proposals should be submitted to by May 15, 2015.

Notification Deadline: Research Proposals will be reviewed by a committee. Authors will be notified of the committee’s decisions by June 22, 2015.

Discussion Draft Deadline: Authors should plan to submit a paper suitable for distribution to discussants and other conference participants no later than September 9, 2015.

Potential Discussants or panel members should send a message indicating their interest to

More information is HERE.

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