The 3rd Annual Conference on The Law and Economics of Innovation

Presented by George Mason University and Microsoft™

Online Markets vs. Traditional Markets

This third conference in the Law and Economics of Innovation series will focus on Online Markets vs.Traditional Markets. We will address the economics of online markets and their regulation, in particular by assessing whether and how online markets differ from traditional markets. There are, of course, obvious differences between the local grocery store and eBay, and between Google and the local Yellow Pages. We will explore the nature of these differences and their implications, if any, for how online markets are organized and regulated. We will address these questions first by returning to basics—by looking into the economic forces at work in online and traditional product markets. Next, we will consider the levers of regulation most important to online markets and whether the design of these regulations reflects the underlying economic realities. Finally, we take head-on the question of “online exceptionalism,” asking about the policy implications of non-traditional online business models and non-traditional markets.

Approved 4.0 CLE credit hours by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

Joshua D. Wright, and Geoffrey Manne are this year's conference organizers.

Save the Date: May 7, 2009

8:00 am - 8:45 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 4:30 pm: Conference

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Reception

Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street

Arlington, VA (Directions)



William E. Kovacic

Federal Trade Commissioner

Susan Athey

Professor of Economics,
Harvard University

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William E. Kovacic
Federal Trade Commissioner
Keynote Speaker
Susan Athey
Department of Economics, Harvard University
Keynote Speaker
Susan DeSanti
Director of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
Joshua D. Wright
School of Law, George Mason University
Peter Klein
University of Missouri
Christopher Wolf
Partner and Co-Chair, Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, Hogan & Hartson
Howard Beales
School of Business, George Washington University
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
New York University School of Law
Philip J. Weiser
University of Colorado Law School
Geoffrey Manne
Lewis & Clark Law School
F. Scott Kieff
School of Law, Washington University
Randal C. Picker
University of Chicago Law School
Michael R. Baye
Indiana University's Kelley School of Business
Peter Swire
Ohio State University School of Law
Eric Goldman
Santa Clara University School of Law
Mary Snapp
Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft Corp.
Thomas W. Hazlett
School of Law, George Mason University


George Mason University