ISP Mission Statement

The Industry Studies Program is devoted to the study of firms, industries, and markets.. The principal goal is to promote and foster high quality academic research.

The past few decades have witnessed many theoretical and empirical advances in industrial organization. Indeed, industrial organization has been one of the fastest growing fields in economics.. New perspectives offered by behavioral economics have led to new models. New data and computing power have allowed researcher to do empirical works that used to be infeasible.

ISP is set up to advance theoretical and empirical research within the Boston University Economics Department, which already boasts much expertise in fields such as labor, development, health, and financial markets. The vision is for researchers in these other fields also to work in an industrial perspective. ISP also has a broad focus, and seeks to encourage research in macroeconomics of industry, the organization of factor markets and firms, international competitiveness, and more.