Industrial Organization

Program Director(s)


Industrial Organization—the study of imperfectly competitive markets—has a particularly strong tradition at Yale. Many of the central ideas of the field were developed at Yale, and many of the field’s top scholars were trained here. There is a large and diverse “IO” faculty at Yale, distributed across the Economics Department, the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Yale School of Public Health. Unusually harmonious relations across fields within Economics have also made Yale an attractive place for faculty and students whose research interests combine insights and analytical tools from IO with questions traditionally viewed as within the realms of other fields—e.g., the economics of education, health care, development, or the environment. The Cowles Foundation supports a Research Program in Industrial Organization, providing direct research support to students and faculty, support for an annual research conference, and support for academic visitors.


A central element of the Yale research environment in IO is a weekly seminar, organized jointly between the Yale Economics Department and Yale School of Management. The seminar meets Tuesdays, from 2:30-4:00 pm in the Yale School of Management. Preceding the seminar is an IO Faculty Lunch, in which visiting scholars meet with IO faculty from around Yale to discuss current topics in the field.

Graduate Teaching and Research

The second-year PhD sequence in IO at Yale comprises two courses, Economics 600 and 601. Students in this sequence are given a firm grounding in the tools of frontier research in IO and the wide range of challenging research questions studied by IO economists and others concerned with the nuances that determine market outcomes under imperfect competition. This sequence is typically taken by students with a wide range of research interests. More advanced students focused on IO research participate in a weekly IO Prospectus seminar, meeting Thursdays at noon in room B1. Here students present work in progress to their peers and the IO faculty for feedback.

Program Conferences

See the Conference page for all listings (formally called Structural Microeconomics).


(for contact info, see Visiting Faculty page)





  • Seim, Katja,
    The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania




  • Attansio, Orazio, University College London
  • Backus, Matthew, Cornell University
  • Bernard, Andrew, Tuck at Dartmouth College
  • Carneiro, Pedro, University College London
  • Chesher, Andrew, University College London
  • Eizenberg, Alon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Grossman, Gene, Princeton University
  • Mogstad, Magne, University of Chicago
  • Ryan, Nicholas, Yale University
  • Somaini, Paulo, MIT
  • Staiger, Robert, Dartmouth College)
  • Taber, Christopher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ulyssea, Gabriel, PUC-Rio
  • Agarwal, Nikhil, Harvard University
  • Arcidiacono, Peter, Duke University
  • Einav, Liran, Stanford University
  • Florens, Jean-Pierre, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Grossman, Gene, Princeton University
  • Holmes, Thomas J., University of Minnesota
  • Krishna, Kala, Penn State University
  • Lentz, Rasmus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Pakes, Ariel, Harvard University
  • Taber, Christopher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Arellano, Manuel, CEMFI
  • Asker, John, NYU-Stern School of Business
  • Chaney, Thomas, University of Chicago
  • Blundell, Richard, University College, London
  • Chiappori, Pierre-Andre, Columbia University
  • Ferreyra, Maria, Carnegie Mellon Tepper-School of Business
  • Gandhi, Amit, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Hendel, Igal, Northwestern University
  • Itskhoki, Oleg, Princeton University
  • Khandelwal, Amit, Columbia University Business School
  • Komarova, Tatiana, London School of Economics
  • Krasnokutskaya, Elena, Johns Hopkins University
  • Melitz, Marc, Harvard University
  • Shephard, Andrew, Princeton University
  • Su, Che-Lin, University of Chicago
  • Todd, Petra, University of Pennsylvania
  • Voena, Alessandra, University of Chicago
  • Wolak, Frank, Stanford University
  • Yurukoglu, Ali, Stanford University
  • Cunha, Flavio, University of Pennsylvania
  • De Loecker, Jan, Princeton University
  • Dickstein, Michael, Harvard University
  • Eaton, Jonathan, Penn State
  • Feenstra, Robert, University of California-Davis
  • French, Eric, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Kawai, Kei, Northwestern University
  • Lamadon, Thibaut, University College London
  • Lise, Jeremy, University College London
  • Low, Hamish, University of Cambridge
  • Moretti, Enrico, University of California-Berkeley
  • Nevo, Aviv, Northwestern University
  • Abbring, Jaap, Tilburg University
  • Daniel Ackerberg, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Buchinsky, Moshe, University of California-Los Angeles
  • De Loecker, Jan, Princeton University
  • Fox, Jeremy, University of Michigan
  • Gandhi, Amit, University of Wisconsin
  • Heckman, James, University of Chicago
  • Hong, Han, Stanford University
  • Hotz, V. Joseph, Duke University
  • Kastl, Jakub, Stanford University
  • Levin, Jon, Stanford University
  • Lleras-Muney, Adriana, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Nekiplov, Denis, University of California-Berkeley
  • Pistaferri, Luigi, Stanford University
  • Robin, Jean-Marc, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Schiraldi, Pasquale, London School of Economics
  • Tamer, Elie, Northwestern University
  • Wolpin, Kenneth, University of Pennsylvania
  • Heckman, James, University of Chicago
  • Ho, Katherine, Columbia University
  • McFadden, Daniel L., University of California-Berkeley
  • Pakes, Ariel, Harvard University
  • Shcherbakov, Alex, University of Arizona
  • Su, Che-Lin, University of Chicago
  • Urzua, Sergio, Northwestern University
  • Ackerberg, Daniel, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Browning, Martin, University of Oxford
  • Doraszelski, Ulrich, Harvard University
  • Heckman, James, University of Chicago
  • Levinsohn, Jim, University of Michigan
  • Perrigne, Isabelle, Penn State University
  • Shcherbakov, Alex, University of Arizona
  • Taber, Christopher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vuong, Quang, Penn State University
  • Valtteri Ahti, Ville, University of Helsinki
  • Bontemps, Christian, University of Toulouse 1
  • Eaton, Jonathan, New York University
  • Ali Hortaçsu, Ali, University of Chicago
  • Kortum, Samuel, University of Minnesota
  • Cabral, Luis, New York University
  • Heckman, James, University of Chicago
  • Hendel, Igal, Northwestern University
  • Kastl, Jakub, Stanford University
  • Kennan, John, University of Wisconsin
  • Li, Tong, Vanderbilt University
  • Robin, Jean-Marc, Université de Paris 1
  • Rust, John, University of Maryland
  • Siow, Aloysius, University of Minnesota
  • Blundell, Richard, University College, London
  • Hortaçsu, Ali, University of Chicago
  • Kennan, John, University of Wisconsin
  • Matzkin, Rosa, Northwestern University
  • Meghir, Costas, University College, London
  • Merlo, Antonio, University of Pennsylvania
  • Pakes, Ariel, Harvard University
  • Whinston, Michael, Northwestern University
  • Porter, Rob, Northwestern University