Call for Papers
Searle Center Sixth Annual Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

June 2013, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth

Max Schanzenbach, Director
Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 6, 2013 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 7, 2013. The conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber (Northwestern University).

OVERVIEW: The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

For information on previous conferences see:

This conference will be an important component of the Searle Center's expanded entrepreneurship and innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by leading researchers in economics and law, and participating authors will have their papers formally discussed by leading thinkers in the field. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.

TOPICS: Topics include:
- Patents
- Intellectual property (IP) law and regulation
- Economics of entrepreneurship
- Innovation
- Invention and R&D
- The role of IP in vertical specialization and market entry
- IP as a support in markets for technology
- Entrepreneurship and the theory of the firm
- Entrepreneurship and finance
- Entrepreneurship and industrial organization
- Entrepreneurship and economic growth

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address:

Potential attendees should indicate their interest in receiving an invitation at

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the conference. Authors of each accepted paper will receive a stipend of $1,500 per paper, regardless of the number of authors. Authors are encouraged to use the stipend to cover reasonable transportation expenses since the conference will not otherwise support flights and incidental expenses. The Searle Center will, however, make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for at least one author from each paper to attend the conference, to include the night of Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference.

Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: by February 15, 2013. This is a submission for the conference (not the journal).
Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by March 7, 2013.

Potential attendees should send a message indicating their interest to by June 3, 2013.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The conference is organized in cooperation with the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (JEMS), which is edited by Daniel F. Spulber. JEMS encourages submissions on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Submissions are independent of the conference. Authors presenting papers at the conference need not submit to JEMS and are welcome to publish their work in other venues. To submit to the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, submit the paper on ScholarOne at

Papers prepared for the conference will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website -

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 at:

Posted 10/28/12