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.

Research Tilburg Law and Economics Center

TILEC’s research program for the period 2012-2017 focuses on the governance of economic activity. We identify six research areas which fully exploit the expertise acquired within TILEC since its creation:

I. Institutions and incentives;

II. Competition policy;

III. Innovation;

IV. Health care markets regulation;

V. Regulation of network industries;

VI. Finance, trade, and investment.

The decision to conduct research in these research areas is driven by the high academic relevance as well as by current policy developments. This ensures that we are able to maintain the societal relevance of our research at a high level.

Research Program 2012-2017

Have a look at our research program 2012-2017 for a detailed description of our research themes. Specific research projects and networks are also featured separately.


TILEC research integrates law and economics together on an equal footing, or at least includes substantial input from the other discipline.


TILEC research brings law and/or economics further, and opens up new perspectives. Whilst this might imply that it leaves established paths in each discipline, it remains state-of-the-art at the technical and methodological level.


TILEC research addresses basic questions of each discipline, including the relationship between the two disciplines and how they can mutually strengthen each other.


TILEC research is inspired by real-world problems and aims to contribute to the ultimate solution of these problems.