Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Conference on Public Policy

2020 Conference on Market Power and Macro Policy

Nov. 13-14, 2020 | Tepper School of Business on the Tepper Quad

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Globalization and technical advances are restructuring markets, contributing to increased concentration and the rise of superstar firms. This conference seeks proposals exploring the macroeconomic and policy implications of market power in the twenty-first century.

2020 Conference Program Schedule

About the Conference

The principal objectives of the conferences are to stimulate policy relevance and empirical research in economic science, to encourage interchange of scientific ideas among analysts with different approaches, and to generate greater understanding by academic economists of practitioners' environments.

Each conference is organized around a particular theme or topic with papers prepared by leading scholars with expertise in the area. Participants are united by their interest in the issues discussed and by their belief that analysis, evidence, and informed discussion have lasting effects on the public and its institutions. The conference receives financial support from the National Science Foundation and from its host institutions.

Conference Contribution Milestones

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Robert Lucas’s seminal paper on the econometric evaluation of policy appeared in the first issue of the conference.

John Taylor’s paper in 1993 introduced the Taylor Rule and transformed discussion and analysis of monetary policy.

Advisory Board

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Andrew Abel
University of Pennsylvania

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Mark Aguiar
Princeton University

Laurence Ales

Laurence Ales
Carnegie Mellon University


George Alessandria
University of Rochester


Yan Bai
University of Rochester


Mark Bils
University of Rochester

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Youngsung Chang
University of Rochester


Harold Cole
University of Pennsylvania

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Thomas F. Cooley
New York University


Burton Hollifield
Carnegie Mellon University


Narayana Kocherlakota
University of Rochester


Chris Sleet
Carnegie Mellon University


Linda Tesar
University of Michigan


Gianluca Violante
Princeton University


Michael Waugh
New York University


Sevin Yeltekin
Carnegie Mellon University

Ariel Zetlin-Jones

Ariel Zetlin-Jones
Carnegie Mellon University


Stanley Zin
University of New York

Conference History

The Carnegie-Rochester Conference on Public Policy was initiated in the early 1970s through the efforts of the Bradley Policy Research Center at the William E. Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and the Center for the Study of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Under the leadership of the late Allan Meltzer (Carnegie Mellon University) and the late Karl Brunner (University of Rochester), the conference developed into a semi-annual event held in April in Rochester and November in Pittsburgh. 

Subsequently, New York University's Stern School of Business joined Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business as a host institution. The April meeting of the conference now alternates between Rochester and New York City.