Call For Papers
Fifth Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy

Friday, September 21, 2012 - Saturday, September 22, 2012

Submission Deadline: May 18, 2012

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Fifth 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 21, 2012 to 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization at Northwestern University.

TOPICS: 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 four topic areas:
- open vs. closed systems
- tying, bundling, and predatory pricing
- price squeezes and other vertical pricing issues
- cloud computing

FURTHER DETAILS: 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.

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. Also, the Searle Center will make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for Thursday, September 20th and Friday, September 21st, 2012.

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 Fifth Annual Conference 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: SUBMISSION, REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE: Research Proposals should include an abstract (300 words maximum) and c.v.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Research Proposals should be submitted to Derek Gundersen at by May 18, 2012.

Notification Deadline: Research Proposals will be reviewed by a committee. Authors will be notified of the committee's decisions by June 11, 2012.

Discussion Draft Deadline: Authors should plan to submit a paper suitable for distribution to discussants and other conference participants no later than September 4, 2012.

Participation: Potential Discussants or panel members should send a message indicating their interest to Derek Gundersen at by May 18, 2012.

ABOUT THE SEARLE CENTER: 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 4/29/12