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4th TILEC Workshop on Competition Policy and Regulation in Media and Telecommunications: Bridging Law and Economics

The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) organizes its 4th Workshop on “Competition Policy and Regulation in Media and Telecommunications: Bridging Law and Economics” on 1 and 2 June 2017 in Tilburg.

1-2 June 2017, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Call for Papers

Keynote Speakers

Economics: Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota)

Law: Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)

The goal of the conference is to bring together EU and US academics working on media and communication-related issues and to foster interdisciplinary interaction between economists and lawyers. Still, academic scholars of the two disciplines have different approaches and often move in different policy circles. While a growing number of both lawyers and economists work on media and communications-related topics, most often the two groups work independently from each other. As shown by the success of the three previous TILEC workshops on the topic, there is much to be gained by bringing these groups of scholars together.

The fields of media and telecommunications policy have been subject to significant changes in the new century. First, while both fields used to be separate disciplines before a process of convergence has resulted in the gradual blending of media and telecommunications services and markets. Second, in struggling with the (de)regulatory response to convergence of media and telecommunications, policymakers in Europe and the US have started playing catch-up with each other. Third, in regulating this complex process of convergence between media and telecoms, the disciplines of law and economics are increasingly becoming intertwined in the regulatory and competition policy practice.

Hence, it is essential that media and communications scholars from the two disciplines in both the EU and the US share their expert knowledge in order to propose high quality competition policy and regulatory interventions to policy makers.

The objective of the TILEC workshop on ‘Competition Policy and Regulation in Media and Telecommunications Markets’ is to have economic and legal contributions of the highest quality, but effort in presenting it to a mixed audience is expected. Economists are expected to bring in reasons to regulate, and how to regulate according to economic theory, lawyers to bring in knowledge of the current regulation, of court decisions and of the legal feasibility of regulation proposals.

Each presenter will be assigned a discussant. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented articles are welcome.

Topics (Non-Exclusive)

  • The impact of convergence and digitalization
  • The digital single market in the EU, including regulation of geo-blocking
  • The EU Copyright reform, in particular value gap and a publisher’s right
  • Network neutrality
  • The Revision of the Audiovisual Media Services directive in the EU
  • Cloud computing
  • Big data and data portability in media markets
  • Impact and regulation of fake news and filter bubbles
  • The EU Regulatory framework for Electronic Communications
  • The goal of public intervention: efficiency versus pluralism
  • Media market structure and political outcomes
  • Media mergers and pluralism
  • Media bias: measurement and determinants
  • Scope for public ownership and public service broadcasting
  • Financing of public service broadcasting
  • Regulation of advertising and media content
  • Media as two-sided markets
  • Piracy, peer-to-peer, copyright
  • Exclusive contracts
  • Vertical integration between distribution and content provision
  • Price discrimination, dynamic pricing, versioning, and bundling
  • Vertical integration between telecommunications and media
  • Bundling in new and traditional media markets
  • Local content in digital markets
  • Privacy, anonymity, security, digital rights management, trust
  • Scope for public subsidies in old and new media
  • Advertising regulation in the old and new media

Scientific committee

Nico van Eijk (University of Amsterdam)

Lapo Filistrucchi (TILEC)

Lisa George (Hunter College, CUNY)

Inge Graef (TILEC)Martin Husovec (TILEC)

Tobias Klein (TILEC)

Pierre Larouche (TILEC)

Peggy Valcke (KU Leuven)

Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota)

Preliminary program

Printable program

8:45-9:00 Welcome address: Panos Delimatsis ( TILEC)
9:00-10:45 Session 1: Copyright and trade
Chair: Panos Delimatsis ( TILEC)
Key-note 1:
Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota)
“Does Digitization Threaten Local Culture? Music in the Transition from iTunes to Spotify”
Ariel Katz (University of Toronto)
“Who Killed the Radio Star? How Music Blanket Licenses Distort the Production of Creative Content”
Discussant: Martin Husovec (TILEC)
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Session 2: Telecoms
Chair: Florian Schuett (TILEC)
Rob Frieden (Penn State University)
“Can Internet Service Providers Enhance, or Degrade Third Party Content?”
Discussant: Paul De Bijl (Utrecht University and TILEC)
Emanuele Tarantino (University of Mannheim and TILEC)
“The Competitive Effect of Mergers, When Firms Compete in Investments and Prices”
Discussant: Bert Willems (TILEC)
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Session 3: TV Market
Chair: Lapo Filistrucchi (TILEC)
Lisa George (Hunter College, CUNY)
“The Programming Consequences of the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction”
Discussant: Michael Ward (University of Texas, Arlington)
Jiekai Zhang (INSEE-CREST) – t.b.c.
”Regulating Advertising Time: Evidence from French TV”
Discussant: Tobias Klein (TILEC)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-18:15 Session 4: Big Data
Chair: Bert Willems (TILEC)
Inge Graef (TILEC)
“'Big data and competition policy: market power, personalised pricing and advertising'?”
Discussant: Thibault Schrepel (Mayer Brown LLP)
Fabrizio Germano (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
“Opinion dynamics via search engines (and other algorithmic gatekeepers)”
Discussant: Emanuele Tarantino (University of Mannheim and TILEC)
Ramsi Woodcock (Georgia State University)
“The Obsolescence of Marketing in the Information Age”
Discussant: Inge Graef (TILEC)
19:30 Conference Dinner at restaurant Kok Verhoeven

Preliminary program

9:00-10:45 Session 5: Copyright and new technologies
Chair: Martin Husovec (TILEC)
Key-note 2:
Martin Kretchmer (University of Glasgow)
“Four Inconvenient Truths about Copyright: Why the EU’s copyright reforms have stalled “
Matthew Ellman (IAE-CSIC)
“Journalist grouping and reader' search for quality online versus offline”
Discussant: Lisa George Hunter College, CUNY)
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Session 6: Tying and Innovation
Chair: Inge Graef (TILEC)
Thibault Schrepel (Mayer Brown LLP)
“Predatory Innovation: The definite need for legal recognition”
Discussant: Nicolo Zingales (University of Sussex and TILEC)
Alexander De Corniere (Paris School of Economics)
“Application bundling in system markets”
Discussant: Florian Schuett (TILEC)
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:15 Session 7:
Chair: Lapo Filistrucchi (TILEC)
Martin Husovec (TILEC and TILT)
"Notice and Takedown or Notice and Staydown, which is Superior? And Why?"
Discussant: Ariel Katz (University of Toronto)
George Knox (Tilburg University)
“Changing Their Tune: How Consumers' Adoption of Online Streaming Affects Music Consumption and Discovery”
Discussant: Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota)
Ruth Towse (Bournemouth University)
"Regulating copyright contracts: economics and fair remuneration"
Discussant: Joost Port (IViR)
16:30-18:00 Farewell drinks


The workshop will take place on June 1 and 2, 2017 and is planned for one and a half days. Regular presentations (30 minutes) will be followed by a discussant (10 minutes) and public discussion (10 minutes). Keynote presentations (45 minutes) will be followed by 15 minutes public discussion. There will be plenty of time for informal discussion and social interaction.


The Workshop will take place at Tilburg University campus.

Room:  Cultural Garden (Cultuurtuin), E 219, (on the second floor of the Esplanade building , when you exit the elevator to your left in the corridor and the first room on your left).

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Route description:

Arrival in the Netherlands at Schiphol Airport

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Workshop fees and reimbursement policy

There is a 150 euro fee to attend the workshop (which includes the social dinner). The fee will be waived to speakers and discussants. TILEC will cover the accommodation expenses and contribute to the traveling expenses of speakers and cover accommodation costs of discussants.

Important dates

Speakers might be asked to discuss a paper. Completed drafts of accepted papers are due by May 18, 2017, and will be made available for download on the conference website. 



Registration is free but, as space is limited, it is expected that registered participants stay for the full day(s) they sign up for.

Please fill out this registration form, before 28 May 2017, if you wish to participate, and email it to TILEC@TilburgUniversity.edu

You will receive a written confirmation of your registration by e-mail.


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I will attend the conference on

  •  Thursday 01 June
  • Friday 02 June
  • Both days

Workshop dinner on Thursday 01 June (cost 60 euro per person)*

  • Yes,  I will attend the Workshop dinner and I agree to pay an invoice for the 60 €  dinner fee ( per e-mail
  • Yes.  I will attend the Workshop dinner , I am a presentor at the Workshop and will not be charged for the  60 €  dinner fee 
  •  I will not attend the Workshop dinner at Thursday 01 June

Please inform us when dietary restrictions should be considered.

I’d like to participate in the social program / Farewell drinks on Friday afternoon , after the workshop (16:30-19:00)

  • Yes, I’d like to participate
  • No , I will not participate in the farewell drinks

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When: 01 June 2017 09:00

End date: 02 June 2017 18:00