Economics of Mega-Firms and Changes in Market Power

Chad Syverson and John Van Reenen, Organizers

September 12-13, 2019

NBER, Feldstein Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Conference Code of Conduct

Thursday, September 12
6:30 pm
Dinner
Bambara Restaurant
25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard (across the street from the Royal Sonesta Hotel)
Cambridge, MA
Friday, September 13
8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Ufuk Akcigit, University of Chicago and NBER
Sina T. Ates, Federal Reserve Board

What Happened to U.S. Business Dynamism?
Discussant: Thomas Philippon, New York University and NBER
9:20 am
Xiang Ding, Georgetown University
Teresa C. Fort, Dartmouth College and NBER
Stephen J. Redding, Princeton University and NBER
Peter K. Schott, Yale University and NBER

Structural Change Within Versus Across Firms: Evidence from the United States
Discussant: Enghin Atalay, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
10:10 am
Break
10:25 am
José A. Azar, IESE Business School
Steven T. Berry, Yale University and NBER
Ioana Marinescu, University of Pennsylvania and NBER

Estimating Labor Market Power
Discussant: Richard Blundell, University College London and IFS
11:15 am
Gregor Jarosch, Duke University and NBER
Jan Sebastian Nimczik, ESMT Berlin
Isaac Sorkin, Stanford University and NBER

Granular Search, Market Structure, and Wages
Discussant: David Arnold, University of California, San Diego
12:05 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm
Brent Neiman, University of Chicago and NBER
Joseph S. Vavra, University of Chicago and NBER

The Rise of Niche Consumption
Discussant: Mingzhi Xu, Peking University
1:50 pm
Chang-Tai Hsieh, University of Chicago and NBER
Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, University of Chicago and NBER

The Industrial Revolution in Services
Discussant: Robert E. Hall, Stanford University and NBER
2:40 pm
Break
2:55 pm
Luis Aguiar, University of Zurich
Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER

Platforms, Power, and Promotion: Evidence from Spotify Playlists
Discussant: Marc Rysman, Boston University
3:45 pm
Matthew Backus, University of California, Berkeley and NBER
Christopher Conlon, New York University and NBER
Michael Sinkinson, Yale University and NBER

Common Ownership in America: 1980--2017
Discussant: Michael Rubens, University of California at Los Angeles