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Empirical Industrial Organization: A Progress Report

Liran Einav, Jonathan D. Levin

NBER Working Paper No. 15786
Issued in February 2010
NBER Program(s):The Program on Aging, The Corporate Finance Program, The Education Program, The Environment and Energy Program, The Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program, The Health Care Program, The Health Economics Program, The Industrial Organization Program, The International Trade and Investment Program, The Law and Economics Program, The Labor Studies Program, The Public Economics Program, The Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program

The field of Industrial Organization has made dramatic advances over the last few decades in developing empirical methods for analyzing imperfect competition and the organization of markets. We describe the motivation for these developments and some of the successes. We also discuss the relative emphasis that applied work in the field has placed on economic theory relative to statistical research design, and the possibility that a focus on methodological innovation has crowded out applications. We offer some suggestions about how the field may progress in coming years.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15786

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