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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Second Annual Searle Center Research Symposium on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Second Annual Research Symposium on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy at Northwestern University School of Law. The Symposium will run from approximately 9:00 AM on Friday, September 25th to 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 26th, 2009. The Symposium is co- sponsored by the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization at Northwestern University.

OVERVIEW: The goal of this Research Symposium 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. 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.

FURTHER INFORMATION: If you have questions about the appropriateness of your topic for the symposium, or suggestions for panel subjects, please contact: Professor William Rogerson Research Director Searle Center Research Project on Competition, Antitrust and Regulation Email:

The Symposium will feature a Keynote Dinner Address, Speaker TBA. There will be a reception, dinner and program on Friday evening. Paper authors will receive an honorarium of $1,000 to cover reasonable 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 in the full duration of the symposium. The Searle Center will make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for Thursday and Friday. Papers prepared for the Research Symposium on "Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy" will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website: Authors will be free to publish their work in other venues (with appropriate acknowledgement of the Searle Center).

RESEARCH PROPOSALS/PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE/REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE: Research Proposals should include an abstract (300 words maximum) and c.v. Proposal Submission Deadline: To ensure that attachments get through, proposals for the conference should be submitted to both of the following email addresses: Email: Email: by April 15th, 2009.

Notification Deadline: Research Proposals will be reviewed by a three-member committee. Authors will be notified of the committee's decisions by May 15th, 2009. Discussion Draft Deadline: Papers suitable for distribution to discussants and other conference participants must be received by September 1, 2009.

Revision Deadline: November 1, 2009.

Upon revision in response to comments received at the symposium, papers will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website. Details on last year's symposium can be found here:

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