Tilburg Law and Economics Center

TILEC supports and stimulates academic research on the governance of economic activity. It fosters academically path breaking and practically relevant research and aims to be a leading center worldwide.

Workshop on Economic Governance and Organizations

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) organized the Workshop "Economic Governance and Organizations" on 6 and 7 June 2013 in Tilburg.

Why do firms held by industrial foundations, a form of nonprofit organizations, outperform other firms at the Danish stock-market? What were the key characteristics of the Dutch East India company, which became the world’s first publicly listed corporation, and which problem did it solve? What may explain the long periods that educated young professionals often have to serve in knowledge-intensive industries before being promoted to jobs that fully utilize their human capital? Questions like these were posed, discussed, and answered at the TILEC Workshop on “Economic Governance and Organizations” held at Tilburg University on June 6th and 7th as part of the series of events for TILEC 10th Anniversary,. The event combined junior speakers with senior scholars such as Luis Garicano (LSE), Henry Hansmann (Yale), Henry Smith (Harvard), and Guido Tabellini (Bocconi) and featured contributions from law, economics, management, and political science. One keynote speaker summarized his impressions as follows: “It was one of the best conferences I've been to in quite a while. TILEC is doing very well!”.

Keynote Speakers

Luis Garicano (LSE)

Henry Smith (Harvard University)

Henry Hansmann (Yale University)

Guido Tabellini (Bocconi University)


Eric van Damme (Tilburg University),

Jens Prüfer (Tilburg University)