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Industrial organization

In competition[2] and monopoly,[3] including from government actions.

There are different approaches to the subject. One approach is descriptive in providing an overview of industrial organization, such as measures of competition and the size-infrastructure.[7][8]

The subject has a theoretical side and a practical side. According to one textbook: "On one plane the field is abstract, a set of analytical concepts about competition and monopoly. On a second plane the topic is about real markets, teeming with the excitement and drama of struggles among real firms" (Shepherd, W.; 1985; 1).

The extensive use of antitrust law and competition policy.

The development of industrial organization as a separate field owes much to Edward Chamberlin,[9] Edward S. Mason,[10] and particularly Joe S. Bain[11] among others.[12][13]

Assessments of the subject have differed over time. The preface to a related research volume in 1972 remarked on Whither industrial organization?: "That all is not well with this in this once flourishing field is readily apparent."[14] A response came 15 years later: "[T]oday's verdict is that industrial organization is alive and well and the queen of applied microeconomics."[15]


  • Subareas 1
  • Market structures 2
  • Areas of study 3
  • History of the field 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • Journals 8


The The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online and footnote links to their respective subcategories.[16]

JEL: L1 – Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance[17]
JEL: L2 – Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior[18]
JEL:L3 – Public enterprise[19]
JEL: L4 – Antitrust Issues and Policies[20]
JEL: L5 – Regulation and Industrial policy[21]
JEL: L6 – Industry Studies: Manufacturing[22]
JEL: L7 – Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction[23]
JEL: L8 – Industry Studies: Services[24]
JEL: L9 – Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities[25]

Market structures

The common market structures studied in this field are the following:

Areas of study

Industrial organization investigates the outcomes of these market structures in environments with

History of the field

A 2009 book Pioneers of Industrial Organization traces the development of the field from Adam Smith to recent times and includes dozens of short biographies of major figures in Europe and North America who contributed to the growth and development of the discipline.[26]

Other reviews by publication year and earliest available cited works those in 1970/1937,[12] 1972/1933,[27] 1974,[28] 1987/7 from 1968 on, 3 from 1937 to 1956,[29] 2009/c. 1900.,[30] and 2010/1951.[31]

See also


  1. ^ R. H. Coase, 1937. "The Nature of the Firm," Economica, N.S., 4(16), pp. 386–405.
     • _____, 1988. "The Nature of the Firm: Influence," Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, 4(1), pp. 33-47. Reprinted in The Nature of the Firm: Origins, Evolution, and Development, 1993, O. E. Williamson and S, G. Winter, ed., pp. 61-74.
     • _____, 1991. "The Institutional Structure of Production," Nobel Lecture, reprinted in 1992, American Economic Review, 82(4), pp. 713-719.
     • American Journal of Sociology, 87(3), pp. 548-577.
     • _____, 2009. "Transaction Cost Economics: The Natural Progression," Nobel Lecture. Reprinted in 2010, American Economic Review, 100(3), pp. 673–90.
  2. ^ George J. Stigler, [1987] 2008. "competition," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition. Abstract.
  3. ^ Luigi Zingales, 2008. "corporate governance," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition. Abstract.
     • Oliver E. Williamson, 2002. "The Theory of the Firm as Governance Structure: From Choice to Contract," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16(3), pp. 171-195.
     • Frederic M. Scherer and David Ross, 1990. Industrial Market Structure and Economic Performance, 3rd ed. Description and 1st ed. review extract.
      • Dennis W. Carlton and Jeffery M. Perloff, 2004. Modern Industrial Organization, 4th edition, pp. 2-3. Description.
  4. ^ • Frederic M. Scherer and David Ross, 1990. Industrial Market Structure and Economic Performance, 3rd ed. Description and 1st ed. review extract.
     :• Dennis W. Carlton and Jeffery M. Perloff, 2004. Modern Industrial Organization, Overview," ch. 5, Handbook of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, v. 1, pp. 259-327.
     • Carl Shapiro, 1989. "The Theory of Business Strategy," RAND Journal of Economics, 20(1), pp. 125-137.
     • Kyle Bagwell and Asher Wolinsky (2002). "Game theory and Industrial Organization," ch. 49, Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications, v. 3, pp. 1851-1895.
     • Martin Shubik, 1987. A Game-Theoretic Approach to Political Economy, Part II. MIT Press. Description.
  5. ^ Richard Schmalensee and Robert Willig, eds., 1989. Handbook of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, v. 2, Part 5, Government Intervention in the Marketplace, ch. 22-26, abstract links.
  6. ^ Richard A. Posner, 2001. Antitrust Law, 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press. Preview.
     • D. L. Rubinfeld, 2001. "Antitrust Policy," International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, pp. 553–560. Abstract.
  7. ^ Avinash K. Dixit, 2008. "economic governance," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition. Abstract.
     • Oliver E. Williamson, 1996. The Mechanisms of Governance, "Prologue," pp. 3- 20.
  8. ^ • George J. Stigler, 1983. The Organization of Industry, University of Chicago Press. Description and contents links and preview.
     • Richard Schmalensee, 1988. "Industrial Economics: An Overview," Economic Journal, 98(392), pp. 643-681. Working paper link.
     • Handbook of Industrial Organization, Elsevier:
    Richard Schmalensee and Robert Willig, ed., 1989. v. 1. Links to description & contents & (partial) chapter outlines.
    _____, ed., 1989. v. 2. Links to description & contents and chapter outlines.
    Mark Armstrong and Robert Porter, ed., 2007. v. 3. Links to description, chapter-content descriptions, chapter outlines, and preview.
  9. ^ • Edward Hastings Chamberlin, 1933. The Theory of Monopolistic Competition: A Re-orientation of the Theory of Value, 1965, 8th ed. Harvard University Press.
     • R. Rothschild, 1987. "The Theory of Monopolistic Competition: E.H. Chamberlin's Influence on Industrial Organisation Theory over Sixty Years," Journal of Economic Studies, 14(1), pp.34-54. Abstract.
     • William L. Baldwin, 2007. "Edward Hastings Chamberlin," in Pioneers of Industrial Organization, H. W. de Jong, W. G. Shepherd, ed., pp. 199-.
  10. ^ Edward S. Mason, 1939. "Price and Production Policies of Large-Scale Enterprise," American Economic Review, 29(1, Supplement), pp. 61-74.
     • _____, 1949. "The Current Status of the Monopoly Problem in the United States," 'Harvard Law Review, 62(8), pp. 1265-1285.
     • _____, 1957.
    Economic Concentration and the Monopoly Problem, Harvard University Press. Review extract.
     • William G. Shepherd, 2007. "Edward S. Mason," in
    Pioneers of Industrial Organization, H. W. de Jong, W. G. Shepherd, ed.
  11. ^ • Joe S. Bain, 1956. Barriers to New Competition: Their Character and Consequences in Manufacturing, Harvard University Press. Review extracts [1][2].
     • _____, 1959, 2nd ed., 1968. Industrial Organization: A Treatise, John Wiley.
     • Richard E. Caves, 2007. "Joe S. Bain," in Pioneers of Industrial Organization, H. W. de Jong, W. G. Shepherd, ed., pp. 224-231.
  12. ^ a b E. T. Grether, 1970. "Industrial Organization: Past History and Future Problems," American Economic Review, 60(2), pp. 83-89.
  13. ^ Oliver E. Williamson, ed., 1990. Industrial Organization, Edward Elgar. Description and article list. 23 articles, dating from 1937 to 1987.
  14. ^ NBER, p. xv.
  15. ^ Oliver E. Williamson, 1987. "Delimiting Antitrust," Georgetown University Law Review, December 76, p. 303. Reprinted in Williamson (1996), The Mechanisms of Governance, p. 306 (snippet).
  16. ^ Of which a complete list with WorldHeritage links is at JEL classification codes#Industrial organization JEL: L Subcategories.
  17. ^ JEL: L10 – General
    JEL: L11 – Production, Pricing, and Market structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    JEL: L12 – Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    JEL: L13 – Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    JEL: L14 – Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation; Networks
    JEL: L15 – Information and Product Quality; Standardization and Compatibility
    JEL: L16 – Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics: Industrial Structure and Structural Change; Industrial Price Indices
    JEL: L17 - Open Source Products and Markets
  18. ^ JEL: L20 – General
    JEL: L21 – Business Objectives of the Firm
    JEL: L22 – Firm Organization and Market Structure
    JEL: L23 – Organization of Production
    JEL: L24 – Contracting Out; Joint Ventures; Technology licensing
    JEL: L25 – Firm Performance: Size, Diversification, and Scope
    JEL: L26 – Entrepreneurship
  19. ^ JEL: L31 – Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs
    JEL: L32 – Public enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises
    JEL: L33 – Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises; Privatization; Contracting out
  20. ^ JEL: L40 – General
    JEL: L41 – Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
    JEL: L42 – Vertical Restraints; Resale Price Maintenance; Quantity Discounts
    JEL: L43 – Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
    JEL: L44 – Antitrust Policy and Public Enterprise, Nonprofit Institutions, and Professional Organizations
  21. ^ JEL: L51 – Economics of Regulation
    JEL: L52 – Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    JEL: L53] – Enterprise Policy
  22. ^ JEL: L61 – Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics
    JEL: L62 – Automobiles; Other Transportation Equipment
    JEL: L63 – Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment
    JEL: L64 – Other Machinery; Business Equipment; Armaments
    JEL: L65 – Chemicals; Rubber; Drugs; Biotechnology
    JEL: L66 – Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco; Wine and Spirits
    JEL: L67 – Other Consumer Nondurables: Clothing, Textiles, Shoes, and Leather
    JEL: L68 – Appliances; Other Consumer Durables
  23. ^ JEL: L71 – Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels
    JEL: L72 – Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Other Nonrenewable Resources
    JEL: L73 – Forest Products
    JEL: L74 – Construction
    JEL: L78 – Government Policy
  24. ^ JEL: L80 – General
    JEL: L81 – Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
    JEL: L82 – Entertainment; Media (Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Broadcasting, Publishing, etc.)
    JEL: L83 – Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism
    JEL: L84 – Personal, Professional, and Business Services
    JEL: L85 – Real Estate Services
    JEL: L86 – Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    JEL: L87 – Postal and Delivery Services
    JEL: L88 – Government Policy
  25. ^ JEL: L91 – Transportation: General
    JEL: L92 – Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    JEL: L93 – Air transportation
    JEL: L94 – Electric utilities
    JEL: L95 – Gas Utilities; Pipelines; Water Utilities
    |JEL: L96 – Telecommunications
    JEL: L97 – Utilities: General
    JEL: L98 – Government Policy
  26. ^ Henry W. de Jong and William G. Shepherd, ed., 2007. Pioneers of Industrial Organization. Cheltenham, UK: Elgar . Description and content links and preview.
  27. ^ James W. McKie, 1972. "Industrial Organization: Boxing the Compass," ch. 1 in V. R. Fuchs, ed., Policy Issues and Research Opportunities in Industrial Organization, NBER, pp. 1-15.
  28. ^ History of Political Economy, 6(3), pp. 324-342. In Papers from the First Conference of the History of Economics Society. Citation.
  29. ^ Timothy F. Bresnahan and Richard Schmalensee, 1987. "The Empirical Renaissance in Industrial Economics: An Overview," Journal of Industrial Economics, 35(4), pp. 371-378.
  30. ^ Lefteris Tsoulfidis, 2009. "Between Competition and Monopoly," Competing Schools of Economic Thought, ch. 9, pp. 213-42. Springer
  31. ^ Liran Einav and Jonathan Levin, 2010. "Empirical Industrial Organization: A Progress Report," Journal Of Economic Perspectives, 24(2), pp. 145-162.


  • Paul Belleflamme and Martin Peitz, 2010. Industrial Organization: Markets and Strategies. Cambridge University Press. Summary and Resources
  • Cabral, Luís M. B., 2000. Introduction to Industrial Organization. MIT Press. Links to Description and chapter-preview links.
  • Shepherd, William, 1985. The Economics of Industrial Organization, Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-231481-9
  • Shy, Oz, 1995. Industrial Organization: Theory and Applications. Description and chapter-preview links. MIT Press.
  • Vives, Xavier, 2001. Oligopoly Pricing: Old Ideas and New Tools. MIT Press. Description and scroll to chapter-preview links.
  • Jeffrey Church & Roger Ware, 2005. "Industrial Organization: A Strategic Approach," (aka IOSA)”, Free Textbook
  • Nicolas Boccard, 2010. "Industrial Organization, a Contract Based approach (aka IOCB)”, Open Source Textbook


  • International Journal of the Economics of Business and issue preview links
  • International Journal of Industrial Organization and issue-preview links
  • Journal of Industrial Economics, Aims and Scope, and issue-preview links.
  • Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization and issue-preview links.
  • Review of Industrial Organization and issue-preview links.
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