GMU/Microsoft Conference on the Law & Economics of Innovation

Geoffrey Manne —  12 April 2009

UPDATE 3:  It just keeps getting better.  Now we’ve added Mike Baye, formerly Director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC, now returned to his post at Indiana.  He’ll be moderating and I’m sure commenting on many of the papers. 

UPDATE 2: And now Susan DeSanti, newly-appointed Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the FTC has signed on for our industry/regulator roundtable.  A not-to-be-missed event! 

UPDATE:  We’re delighted to announce that Bill Kovacic will be joining us to deliver the conference’s morning keynote, as well.  A great conference just got even better!

 For the third year, Josh and I have organized the annual George Mason Law School/Microsoft Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation.  The conference is at the Arlington Hilton on May 7; registration is free. 

This year’s conference is on “Online Markets vs. Traditional Markets,” and once again we have a stellar line-up.  The (beautifully re-designed) conference website is here.  You can register for the conference here

This year features a keynote address from Susan Athey (Harvard Economics; Clark Medal winner), as well as the following presentations:

Peter Klein (Missouri Economics)– Does the New Economy Need a New Economics?
Thomas W. Hazlett (George Mason Law) – The Role of Exclusive Spectrum Rights in Wireless Network Innovations: Of Newtons, Blackberries, iPhones & G-Phones
Eric Goldman (Santa Clara Law) – The Economics of Reputational Information

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (NYU Law) – Does Anyone Read Fine Print? A Test of the Informed Minority Hypothesis
Howard Beales (George Washington Business) – Public Goods, Private Information, and Anonymous Transactions: Providing a Safe and Interesting Internet
Peter Swire (Ohio State Law) – Privacy and Antitrust

Philip J. Weiser (Colorado Law; DOJ)— Re-evaluating the Theory and Realities of Online Contracts
Randal C. Picker (Chicago Law) — The Mediated Book
F. Scott Kieff (Wash U. Law (moving to George Washington Law)) — Commerce in the Shadow of the Commons: Business Models in Cyberspace

We’ll also have an industry roundtable to reflect on the day with representatives from Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.

Should be a great conference–Please join us!

Geoffrey Manne

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