A Brief History of the Review of Industrial Organization (RIO) and the Industrial Organization Society (IOS)
During 1990 to 2001, I was General Editor of the Review of Industrial Organization and also the General Secretary of the Industrial Organization Society, which published the RIO. Years ago, I drafted much of a historical article about the RIO and the IOS, but it has vanished into my computer’s netherworld. So this summary of the history is drawn largely from my recollections of my extended experience of both the IOS and the RIO during 1990–2001.
Nowadays, I may know the background of the RIO and the IOS at least as well as anyone else, and so I am offering this brief summary without further delay. I have sought advice from some colleagues of the times. I’ll sketch the main conditions from which the Society and the Review evolved.
The founder of the Reviewwas Stanley Eugene Boyle, known to all as “Gene.” He was an Assistant to Fritz Mueller in the 1960s, when Mueller was Director of Economics at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 1960 to 1969. I met Boyle briefly at the FTC...