The Industrial Organization Society (IOS) recognized Professor Lafontaine for her professional leadership in the scholarship and practice of industrial organization.
Washington, DC—Francine Lafontaine, the William Davidson Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, has been honored with the 2023 IOS Distinguished Service Award. She is only the second woman to receive the award.
“Francine Lafontaine is a leading authority on vertical relationships, contracting, franchising, and related antitrust issues,” said Bryan Ricchetti, cohead of Cornerstone Research’s antitrust and competition practice. “In addition to being an incisive scholar and a sought-after expert, she demonstrates profound integrity and commitment to give back to the field of industrial organization. We are proud to have supported Professor Lafontaine on a range of high-profile matters, and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.”
Professor Lafontaine’s areas of interest are in the field of industrial organization, with a special focus on vertical relationships, including franchising and other forms of inter-firm contracting. She researches how advances in contract theory are applied to the analysis of organizational issues in the vertical chain, especially into distribution. Professor Lafontaine is a former director of the Bureau of Economics at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.