The NBER's Program on Industrial Organization, directed by Jonathan Levin of Stanford University, met in Palo Alto on February 20 and 21. NBER Research Associates Michael Dickstein of Stanford University and Ali Hortaçsu of the University of Chicago organized the meeting. Part of the meeting was held jointly with the NBER's Insurance Program, and papers marked with an (*) were presented to the joint session. These papers were discussed:
*Francesco Decarolis, Boston University; Maria Polyakova, Stanford University; and Stephen Ryan, University of Texas at Austin and NBER, "The Welfare Effects of Supply-Side Regulations in Medicare Part D"
*Neale Mahoney, University of Chicago and NBER, and E. Glen Weyl, Microsoft Corporation, "Imperfect Competition in Selection Markets" (NBER Working Paper No. 20411)
*Elisabeth Honka, University of Texas at Dallas, and Pradeep Chintagunta, University of Chicago, "Simultaneous or Sequential? Search Strategies in the U.S. Auto Insurance Industry"
Gregory Crawford and Nicola Pavanini, University of Zurich, and Fabiano Schivardi, LUISS Guido Carli, "Asymmetric Information and Imperfect Competition in Lending Markets"
Michael Sinkinson, University of Pennsylvania, and Amanda Starc, University of Pennsylvania and NBER, "Ask Your Doctor? Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceuticals"
Anna Tuchman, Harikesh Nair, and Pedro Gardete, Stanford University, "Complementarities in Consumption and the Consumer Demand for Advertising"
Nikhil Agarwal and Paulo Somaini, MIT and NBER, "Demand Analysis Using Strategic Reports: An Application to a School Choice Mechanism" (NBER Working Paper No. 20775)
Christina Dalton, Wake Forest University; Gautam Gowrisankaran, University of Arizona and NBER; and Robert Town, University of Pennsylvania and NBER, "Myopia and Complex Dynamic Incentives: Evidence from Medicare Part D"
Gregory Crawford, University of Zurich; Robin Lee, Harvard University and NBER; Michael Whinston, MIT and NBER; and Ali Yurukoglu, Stanford University and NBER, "The Welfare Effects of Vertical Integration in Multichannel Television Markets"
Jean-Pierre Dubé, University of Chicago and NBER; Xueming Luo, Temple University; and Zheng Fang, Sichuan University, "Self-Signaling and Prosocial Behavior: A Cause Marketing Mobile Field Experiment"
Daniel Björkegren, Brown University, "The Adoption of Network Goods: Evidence from the Spread of Mobile Phones in Rwanda"