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The 13th Annual

Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers

April 24-26, 2015


The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers
The Prudential Skywalk Keynote
Boston, Massachusetts
Contact Information

Click here for a link to the photos from the IIOC 2014.

Click here for a link to the photos from the IIOC 2013.

    The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

    Directions to the Park Plaza

    Rich in history, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel has distinguished itself with classic elegance and personal service that continues to attract travelers from all over the world who visit Boston for business, leisure or special Boston Events. This is the third year that the IIOC will take place at the Park Plaza.

    With an unsurpassed Boston address, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located only 3 miles from Logan International Airport and only 200 yards from the nation's first public parks, Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden also easily accessible to Boston Activities, and shopping along world renowned Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Theatre District and all of Boston's most historic landmarks.

    Rooms are being held at the Boston Park Plaza at the special room block rate of $219 per night, plus applicable taxes. Please note that the room block expires March 27 or whenever the room block is sold out. The following link will direct you to the room block:

    The Prudential Skywalk

    On Saturday evening, there will be a reception at The Prudential Skywalk from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Skywalk is Boston's only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. The Skywalk is approximately a 20 minute walk from the Park Plaza but trolleys (Old Town Trolley) will provide transportation and the driver will narrate along the way.


    Severin Borenstein is E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and a Research Associate of the Energy Institute at Haas.  He is also Director emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute and the Energy Institute at Haas.   He received his A.B. from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T.  His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation.  He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets.  His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases, alternative models of retail electricity pricing, and competitive dynamics in the airline industry.  Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he was a member of the California Attorney General's Gasoline Price Task Force.  In 2010-11, Borenstein was a member of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.  In 2012-13, he served on the Emissions Market Assessment Committee, which advised the California Air Resources Board on the operation of California’s Cap and Trade market for greenhouse gases.

    About Boston

    Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England. As the region's hub, Boston is home to over 617,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, some of the world's finest inpatient hospitals, and numerous cultural and professional sports organizations. Boston-based jobs, primarily within the finance, health care, educational, and service areas, numbered nearly 660,000 in 2002. Millions of people visit Boston to take in its historic neighborhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, and conduct business.

Contact Information

Conference Administrator: Kathy Downey,

    Mailing address:
    Industrial Organization Society
    c/o Kathy Downey
    Northeastern University
    Department of Economics
    301 Lake Hall
    Boston, MA 02115-5000

    Phone Number: 617-373-2887
    Fax Number: 617-373-3640