Empirical Industrial Organization: A Progress Report

28 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2010 Last revised: 21 Aug 2010

Liran Einav

Stanford University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jonathan Levin

Stanford University - Department of Economics; Stanford Graduate School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2010

Abstract

The field of Industrial Organization has made dramatic advances over the last few decades in developing empirical methods for analyzing imperfect competition and the organization of markets. We describe the motivation for these developments and some of the successes. We also discuss the relative emphasis that applied work in the field has placed on economic theory relative to statistical research design, and the possibility that a focus on methodological innovation has crowded out applications. We offer some suggestions about how the field may progress in coming years.

Suggested Citation

Einav, Liran and Levin, Jonathan, Empirical Industrial Organization: A Progress Report (February 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15786. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1560921

Liran Einav (Contact Author)

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Jonathan D. Levin

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