Tenth Annual Columbia-Duke-Northwestern IO Theory Conference

Sponsored by the Program for Economic Research, Department of Economics and Columbia Business School, Columbia University; The Department of Economics and Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; and the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization (CSIO) at Northwestern University

Faculty House, Columbia University

Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Program for Economic Research, the Department of Economics and Columbia Business School at Columbia University; the Department of Economics and Business School at Duke University; and the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization (CSIO) at Northwestern University announce the tenth in a series of annual jointly-sponsored conferences focusing primarily on theoretical work in industrial organization. The conference is intended to serve as a forum for presentation and discussion of current research on theoretical industrial organization, with a special emphasis on work by younger scholars.

The conference will be held this year at Columbia University starting the morning of Saturday, November 19, 2011 and ending mid-day on Sunday, November 20, 2011.


Registration and Attendance

The deadline to register has now been extended to November 15, 2011.  Please register by that date at the link below if you plan on attending the conference, so that we may plan on the correct number of attendees.  Registration is free to invited participants.



Full Schedule

Saturday, November 19  

8:30-9:30Continental Breakfast

Jidong Zhou (NYU): “Multiproduct Search

Discussant: Michael Whinston (Northwestern)


Renato Gomes (Toulouse School of Economics) and Alessandro Pavan (Northwestern University) "Price Discrimination in Many-to-Many Matching Markets"

Discussant: Glen Weyl (Chicago)


Raphael Boleslavsky (School of Business, University of Miami) and Tracy R. Lewis (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University), “Advocacy and Dynamic Delegation

Discussant: Marina Halac (Columbia Business School)


Alessandro Bonatti (MIT), and Johannes Horner (Yale),  “Career Concerns with Coarse Information

Discussant: Alex Wolitzky (MIT)

John W. Hatfield (Graduate School of Business, Stanford), Fuhito Kojima (Stanford), and Yusuke Narita (MIT), “Promoting School Competition through School Choice

Discussant: Atila Abdulkadiroglu (Duke)


Dinner (offsite)

Vareli Restaurant, 2869 Broadway between 111th and 112th, 212-678-8585 (Faculty Attendees by Invitation Only)

Sunday, November 20

8:00-8:30Continental Breakfast

Michael Grubb (MIT) "Bill Shock: Inattention and Price-Posting Regulation"

Discussant: Heski Bar-Isaac (NYU Stern)


Ching-to Albert Ma (Boston University) and Henry Y. Mak (European University Institute), “Public Report, Price, and Quality

Discussant: Steve Matthews (Penn)

Raphael Boleslavsky (School of Business, University of Miami) and Maher Said (Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis), “Progessive Screening: Long-term Contracting with a Privately Known Stochastic Process” 

Discussant: Qingmin Liu (Columbia)



New York City offers a wide variety of accommodations catering to every need and budget, but the hotel vacancy rate is normally quite low. We recommend that you make your reservations as far in advance as possible to secure a preferred rate. The below hotels offer a special Columbia University rate and are recommended for their good service and proximity to the #1 subway line to campus. When checking in, please also bring a print-out of this website to confirm at the desk that you qualify for the Columbia rate as a conference attendee.


The Lucerne Hotel


(Request “Columbia University Friends and Family” rate)

On the Ave


(Request “Columbia University” rate)

The Empire Hotel


(Request “Columbia University corporate” rate and cite that you are attending a conference at the Columbia University campus. Conference flyer/website will be required at check-in or rate will revert.)


Directions to Faculty House

Faculty House is located on Columbia University's East Campus on Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street. Enter campus through gates at 116th and Broadway. Follow College Walk across Amsterdam Avenue towards Morningside Drive. After passing Jerome Greene Hall on the left, enter Wien courtyard through the gates. Follow courtyard around to the right. Faculty House will be the last building on the right. View full campus map online.

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Take the #1 train to 116th Street (Columbia University) stop.  Walk across campus towards Amsterdam Avenue, and continue past Jerome Greene Hall. Enter the Wien courtyard to the left, and Faculty House is located on the right.


Four bus lines (M4, M11, M5 and M104) serve the Columbia/Morningside Heights area. View city bus map.


From South

Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th Street and proceed east, crossing Broadway, and turn left (north) at the next light, Amsterdam Avenue. Proceed north on Amsterdam for 20 blocks to campus. In addition to street parking on Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (metered), on Morningside Drive and on side streets, there is a garage on 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (close to Amsterdam) on the south side of the street.

From North

Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at 125th Street and proceed east, crossing Broadway, and turn right (south) at the next light, Amsterdam Avenue. Proceed south on Amsterdam for nine blocks to campus. See above for parking recommendations.


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