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Editors' foreword

The Review of Network Economics

Vol 3, Issue 2 - June 2004 

Editors' foreword
  The present issue of the Review of Network Economics is based on a workshop held at the National University of Singapore (March 5th and 6th, 2004), titled the Industrial Organisation of Shipping and Ports. The aim of the conference was to stimulate interest by outside economists in this relatively "under-researched" area of economics. With the sponsorship of Network Economics Consulting Group, a research grant from the National University of Singapore, and assistance of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, we brought to Singapore some of the top researchers working in the field. The papers attached are largely drawn from their presentations. We would especially like to thank the guest editor Professor Wayne Talley for the outstanding job he has done in putting together this special issue on the Industrial Organisation of Shipping and Ports. His own foreword provides a brief overview of each of the papers.

With one conference issue published, it is time to announce another one. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and this journal wish to invite submission of papers to a conference on "Antitrust Activity in Card-Based Payment Systems: Causes and Consequences" to be held September 15 and 16, 2005 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

We invite the submission of empirical and case-based papers from authors in the many countries that have had significant antitrust inquiries or actions concerning card-based payment systems. Authors will be notified by July 15, 2005, whether their paper has been accepted for the conference. Submission of a paper to the conference also acts as a submission to the Review of Network Economics, which will publish accepted papers in a special conference volume. Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format to [email protected]. Limited travel funding is available for academic presenters. Submission Deadline is June 1, 2005. Conference Location: Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 33 Liberty Street. New York, NY. A full announcement is available here.

Finally, we are saddened to report the death of Jean-Jacques Laffont, a founding member of our Editorial Board. The field of Network Economics has lost one of its seminal thinkers and we have lost a dear friend and colleague. We are especially grateful for the valuable insights and encouragement he provided when we were starting the journal.

Jean-Jacques was one of the leading economic theorists of his generation, pioneering much of what is now known as Incentive Theory. However, in recent years he had become more and more interested in the application of this theory to the problems of network industries, especially in the developing world. (An obituary was published by the New York Times on Friday, May 14, 2004.)

Co-editors: John Panzar and Julian Wright

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