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About the Conference

In 2017, the Stigler Center embarked on an ambitious project to reinvigorate the discussion of concentration and monopoly in the United States, starting with the conference Is There a Concentration Problem in America? Six years later, our 2023 Conference addressed the future of antitrust enforcement beyond the Consumer Welfare Standard—and there was broad academic agreement that it is time to move antitrust policy and enforcement forward.

One of our most engaging panels discussed what the impact of antitrust enforcement is on the broader US economy. There, Professor Chad Syverson (University of Chicago Booth School of Business) asked whether there are good measures of how antitrust enforcement impacts aggregate productivity by influencing the creation and diffusion of general-purpose technology. This is a fair question, and one which deserves careful consideration by the broader antitrust community. For this reason, we plan to dedicate the first day of our 2024 Antitrust Conference—Competition, Regulation, and the Diffusion of Innovation—to discussing and answering Chad’s question. The idea is to have panels focused on studies that cover the overall impacts (or lack of impact) of antitrust enforcement on the US economy, as well as panels dedicated to specific case studies that can provide more in-depth insights on how antitrust enforcement has impacted innovation in the US and abroad.

In particular: we are looking for short contributions (up to 3,000 words) that provide evidence on how antitrust enforcement has impacted (or not) the creation and diffusion of innovation, and its effects on productivity growth more broadly. These may be studies that cover the connection between antitrust enforcement, innovation, and productivity at the economy-wide level, specific sectors of the economy, or even targeted case studies (for example, focusing on if and how enforcement actions against companies such as AT&T, IBM, Microsoft or Google have spurred innovation in specific industries).

Submissions must be received by January 22, 2024, by 11:59pm CT. Authors will be notified of final decisions by March.

The authors of the best submissions will be invited to present and discuss their articles at our 2024 Conference in-person in Chicago on April 18-19, 2024. We will also post the best submissions on The Stigler Center would be happy to cover travel costs according to standard reimbursement policies.

We welcome submissions from scholars from all disciplines—based in the US and abroad. Authors are also encouraged to submit pieces based on longer articles published elsewhere.

Conference Organizers

  • Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance & Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Guy Rolnik, Clinical Professor of Strategic Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Filippo Lancieri, Post-Doctoral Fellow, ETH Zurich Center for Law and Economics; Research Fellow, Stigler Center, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Conference Venue:

Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

For more information, contact:

Rachel Piontek, Senior Associate Director, Stigler Center