The Industrial Organization Research Group


Research topics

Our general research covers:

  • Competition in concentrated markets

  • Firm performance in global markets

  • Entry, firm growth, and market structure

  • Market power and competition

Industries covered:

  • Beer, Telecom, Steel, Oil, Automobile, Service sectors (Banking & magazines), Public sector (Education), Health care, Manufacturing Sector (General)

Regions covered:

  • Europe, US, Africa, Latin America, India, China, Central and Eastern-Europe.


Jan De Loecker

Sebastian Fleitas

Jo Van Biesebroeck

Patrick Van Cayseele

Frank Verboven


Koen Declercq (KU Leuven, Econ & LEER)

Mattia Nardotto (KU Leuven, Strategy)

Stijn Vanormelingen (KU Leuven Brussels, ECON-CEDON)


Florin Maican (Gothenburg) : AY 2019-2020

Otto Toivanen (Aalto U): AY 2019-2020

Estelle Cantillon (ULB): AY 2019-2020

Fanny Camara (USC): AY 2019-2020

PhD Students

Filippo Biondi

Cam Birchall

Enrico Camarda

 Charlotte De Cannière

 Nadine Hahn

 William Harry Burton

Julian Hildago

Helene Maghin

 Debashrita Mohapatra
Michael Rubens

Alexis Stevenson (visiting)

Honghao Zheng



  • Jeremy Fox (Rice), 22/05/2020

  • Chiara Farronato (Harvard Business School), 08/05/2020

  • Gautam Gowrisankaran (Arizona), 21/04/2020

  • Aviv Nevo (UPenn), 17/03/2020

  • Alon Eizenberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 13/03/2020

  • Keith Head (UBC Sauder), 20/02/2020

  • Richard Bräuer (IWH Hälle), 15/11/2019

  • Nathan Miller (Georgetown), 18/10/2019

  • Chad Syverson (Chicago), 9/10/2019

  • Dan Ackerberg (UT Austin), 21/06/2019

  • Tom Wollmann (Chicago), 17/05/2019

  • Phillip Chone (CREST), 10/05/2019

  • Uli Doraszelski (UPenn), 22/03/2019

  • Igal Hendel (Northwestern), 16/11/2018

  • Elena Krasnokutskaya (Johns Hopkins), 09/10/2018

  • Penny Goldberg (Yale), 26/10/2017

  • Phil Haile (Yale), 8/11/2017

  • Charles Murry (Penn State), 8/12/2017

  • Fanny Camara (USC), 15/12/2017

  • Robin Lee (Harvard University), 23/3/2018

  • Alessandro Gavazza (LSE), 04/05/2018

Job Market Candidates

Michael Rubens

Michael is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Economics at KU Leuven.  He works on Industrial Organization, with a focus on imperfectly competitive input markets and technological change. His job market paper is titled "Ownership consolidation and input market power: evidence from Chinese tobacco". 

Michael will be available for interviews at both the ASSA meeting in San Diego and the European Job Market in Rotterdam.



There are no positions available at this time.

Funding and support
  • ERC Market Power ( De Loecker)

  • FWO Odysseus (De Loecker)

  • NSF (De Loecker)

  • ERC Starting Grant (Van Biesebroeck)

  • EU Horizon 2020 (Van Biesebroeck)

  • Program Financing KU Leuven (Verboven)



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