Call for Papers: Is There a Concentration Problem in America?

Call for Papers

Traditional measures of concentration show a large and systematic increase in concentration of US industries over the last two decades. Some scholars have argued that traditional measures of concentration fail to properly account for international trade and globalization. Other scholars have argued that the increase in industry concentration has led to an increase in monopoly power in product and services markets and to a greater ability to extract rents. What has caused the increase in concentration and what are its effects? Has the increase in concentration led to increased market power?

To answer these questions, the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is seeking papers that study concentration and market power in US industries. Selected papers will be presented at the conference in Chicago on March 27–29. We welcome papers not only from economics, but also political science, law, sociology, and related fields.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  1. What has caused the increase in market concentration? How have technology, globalization, and government policy contributed to the growth in concentration?
  2. Do traditional measures of concentration properly reflect market power?
  3. How has the increase in concentration affected the price, quality, and variety of goods available to consumers?
  4. Has the increase in concentration contributed to rising inequality and the slowdown of US productivity?
  5. Collection, use, and publication of novel data for the measurement of concentration and market power.

Please send your submissions, including a detailed abstract or completed paper and your CV, by email to Sarah Niemann, Assistant Director of the Stigler Center. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified in early February 2017.

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