The Industry Studies Program (ISP)
The Industry Studies Program (ISP) in the Department of Economics was founded in 1991, with the goal of encouraging research on industrial organization topics as discussed in its mission statement. ISP has various functions and provides services to the Department.
The Industry Studies Program is devoted to studying the economic organization of industries, firms, and markets. The principal goal of the program is to promote and foster high quality academic.
Grants run through ISP
All faculty members are encouraged to run appropriate grants through ISP. Grants run through ISP must be approved by the ISP director and by the Dean’s office. The procedures for running a grant through ISP are simple, and an instruction sheet can be obtained from the Administrative Coordinator. If you are doubtful about whether your proposal is appropriate for ISP please check it out with the ISP Director in advance.
Discussion Paper Series
ISP invites faculty working papers on ISP related topics for its discussion paper series. Papers are mailed to over seventy institutions, and authors are given additional copies as well. Abstracts of ISP papers are published in Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics. Ask Miriam Hatoum for details. A list of working papers is available on the bulletin board outside room 545.
Seminars and Conferences
ISP sponsors the weekly microeconomic seminar in both the fall and spring. In the spring semester, ISP also helps with the organization of the BU/MIT/Harvard Health Economics Seminar in the spring.
To promote research on industrial organization and related topics, ISP offers seed grants up to $4000 each, targeted mostly to junior faculty in the department. In addition, ISP may be able to provide research assistants. The implicit contract for an ISP seed grant is that the recipient will submit an overhead-bearing grant proposal through ISP within a reasonable period of time (usually one year). In addition, small grants may be provided to graduate students for data purchase for dissertation research in industrial organization. Please contact the Administrative Coordinator for a seed grant application or download the application (pdf).
The visiting scholars program is an important activity of ISP. The aim is to invite prestigious senior scholars and promising junior scholars whose research is consonant with the ISP’s mission. The length of the visit must be at least one week, and the terms are negotiable, although only limited financial support is available. Faculty may suggest or nominate visitors by writing a brief memo to the ISP Director.
Professor Albert Ma, Program Director, email@example.com
Miriam Hatoum, Administrative Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Industries Studies Program (ISP)
270 Bay State Road
Boston MA 02215
Tel: +1 617 353-6822