The Non-Market Effects of Market Power

at Columbia Business School in New York City, NY, May 23, 2024

A 1.5-day summit for scholars studying the role of uncompetitive markets in shaping outcomes beyond markets

Market concentration can affect society beyond markets. It can affect government regulations, choices by NGOs and nonprofits, media coverage, scientific research, innovation, culture, and politics. 

Thanks to the support of Columbia Business School and the newly-launched Center for Political Economy at Columbia World Projects, we are delighted to announce a scholarly meeting about the Non-Market Effects of Market Power organized by Bo Cowgill (Columbia), Dana Foarta (Stanford), Andrea Prat (Columbia) and Fiona Scott Morton (Yale).  

The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars seeking to understand how market concentration shapes outcomes beyond the traditional measures. The program for our 2023 gathering can be viewed here

The scope of this meeting includes, but is not limited to, topics such as: 

We are especially interested in papers that study the effects of concentration that flow through important but understudied channels

While the conference theme is "non-market," many of the topics above can be studied within the existing paradigms of law, economics, political science, strategic management, and related fields. These and other disciplines often recognize that market forces appear in settings without explicit prices, and that market and non-market forces often interact.

Our goal is to develop a larger body of research on this topic (including both methods and substantive results). While we prefer full papers, we may dedicate a section of the conference for early stage work. Both theoretical and empirical research is welcome. We also welcome applications to policy, including those beyond traditional antitrust merger review. 

Our conference will take place over one-and-a-half days on May 2 and 3, 2024, at the new Columbia Business School campus, in New York City. There is no conference fee, and discounted hotel rooms will be available.

To submit a paper, please use the form below by January 10, 2024

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Non-presenting audience participants and PhD students are welcome, but we ask you to register to help our planning. 

Bo Cowgill, Dana Foarta, Andrea Prat and Fiona Scott Morton