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About the Conference

In 2020, the Stigler Center put together a group of renowned economists working in the industrial organization of healthcare to help take stock of the current body of knowledge in the field and drive research moving forward. This group of 25+ scholars, led by Fiona Scott Morton (Yale) and Craig Garthwaite (Northwestern Kellogg), has been further split among 8 subgroups focused on: (i) state enforcement; (ii) organizational economics; (iii) innovation; (iv) rural; (v) generics; (vi) political economy; (vii) consumer behavior; and (viii) PBMs. Each subgroup is tasked with drafting short articles that summarize the most relevant literature in this field and outline key outstanding research questions. Ultimately, the hope is that these articles help engage economists/other academics that are not currently working on the economics of healthcare but would be an excellent addition to it.

At the conference, the groups will present the first drafts of these papers and receive feedback on what they can improve or are missing. 

Please note this conference is by invitation only.



(subject to change)


Thursday, October 21

9:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. CT Breakfast
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CT Opening Remarks - Luigi Zingales | Fiona Scott Morton
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CT Barriers to Entry in Pharmaceutical Markets
Fiona Scott Morton [with Nitzan Arad/Robin Feldman]
Discussant: Thomas Wollmann
Discussant: Ziad Obermeyer
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. CT Lunch
1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. CT Break
1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. CT Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Vertical Relationships in Drug Supply
Benjamin Handel [with Zarek Brot-Goldberg/Catherine Che]
Discussant: Ashley Swanson
Discussant: Mark Shepard
2:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CT Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT Organizational Economics and the US Healthcare System
Jim Rebitzer [with David Chan/Brigham Frandsen/Michael Powell]
Discussant: Raffaella Sadun
Discussant: Wouter Dessein
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Industrial Organization of Rural Health Care Markets
Caitlin Carroll/Paul Eliason
Discussant: Elena Falcettoni
Discussant: Chad Syverson
5:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. CT Break
5:10 p.m. - 6:10 p.m. CT Behavioral Health Economics and Competition Policy
Jonathan Kolstad/Robert Town
Discussant: Amitabh Chandra
Discussant: Sanjog Misra
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. CT Reception
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. CT Dinner | Keynote – Translating Research into Policy
Katherine Baicker
In conversation with: Matthew Notowidigdo

Friday, October 22

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. CT Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CT The (lack of?) Political Economy of Healthcare Research
Zack Cooper
Discussant: Marianne Bertrand
Discussant: John DeFigueiredo
Discussant: Neale Mahoney
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CT Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT The State of Research on Medical Innovations
David Dranove [with Craig Garthwaite]
Discussant: Brad Shapiro
Discussant: Scott Stern
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. CT Break
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. CT Healthcare Antitrust Enforcement and Regulation by the States
Cory Capps [with Tetyana Shvydko/Zenon Zabinski]
Discussant: Marty Gaynor
Discussant: Emilio Varanini
12:20 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Break
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CT Lunch | Closing Keynote – Racial Inequality in Healthcare
Marcella Alsan
In conversation with: Amitabh Chandra | Matthew Notowidigdo
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. CT Closing remarks

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
  • Fiona Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale University School of Management
  • Craig Garthwaite, Herman R. Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services; Professor of Strategy; and the Director of the Program on Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK), Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Matthew Notowidigdo, Professor of Economics, 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

For more information, contact:
Rachel Piontek, Associate Director, Stigler Center